Joe Leydon

Joe Leydon
Joe Leydon's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Max Steel (2016)

"A half-baked, time-wasting curtain-raiser for a superhero franchise that is never, ever going to happen." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 14, 2016
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Priceless (2016)

"A surprisingly involving faith-based drama about human trafficking." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 14, 2016

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016)

"A youth-skewing comedy-fantasy with possible cross-generational appeal." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 6, 2016

Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

"It's kinda-sorta like an Alain Resnais movie, only with zombie dwarfs. And four-barrel shotguns. And, of course, floating, blade-bedecked silver spheres." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016)

"The Original Gangsta Lizard gets a largely satisfying reboot in "Shin Godzilla," a surprisingly clever monster mash best described as the "Batman Begins" of Zilla Thrillers." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 28, 2016

I.T. (2016)

"Pierce Brosnan provides a welcome low-tech touch to John Moore's high-tech thriller." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2016
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Werewolf (2016)

"The familiarity and predictability of its scenario about co-dependency in the lower depths make the relatively short Canadian indie seem longer than it is." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016

Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016)

"Antonio Banderas' admirable performance fails to energize Hugh Hudson's handsome but ponderous period drama." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2016

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016)

"To call this feeble comedy a misfire would be to give it more credit than it's due." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2016

The Disappointments Room (2016)

"Despite Kate Beckinsale's game efforts, D.J. Caruso's thriller proves altogether worthy of its title." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016

When the Bough Breaks (2016)

""When the Bough Breaks" comes across as a Lifetime cable movie that got lucky and won a lottery offering theatrical release as first prize." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Ithaca (2016)

""Ithaca" is the sort of frustrating movie that's just good enough to make you wish it were a lot better. " ‐Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Starving The Beast (2016)

"A polished and provocative documentary about debates over funding -- or defunding -- state colleges and universities." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Silicon Cowboys (2016)

"A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 31, 2016

Demon (2016)

"Ambiguity is a worthy artistic goal, of course. But when Demon ends, the audience is left to sort through a thicket of dangling plot threads." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2016

Rezeta (2012)

"Suffused with an air of freewheeling improvisation, Rezeta is a light and sprightly doodle of a romantic dramedy, at once effortlessly engaging and unabashedly inconsequential" ‐Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2016

The Fight Within (2016)

""The Fight Within" is clunky and didactic, and the movie as a whole has appreciably less mainstream appeal than several other recent, and much better, faith-based dramas." ‐Variety
Posted Aug 11, 2016
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Beta Test (2016)

"A real-world first-person shooter causes mayhem in this preposterous sci-fi action-thriller." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2016
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Dhanak (2015)

"A slick and engaging Hindi comedy-drama that is equal parts road movie and fairy tale." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 8, 2016

Chicken People (2016)

"An illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders." ‐Variety
Posted Jul 1, 2016
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The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2016)

"Unfortunately, the filmmaker is hard-pressed to find a new perspective for this all-too-familiar story." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016
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The Seer (2007)

"Should be of interest to passionate devotees of the film's subject. " ‐Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2016

Traded (2016)

"A retrograde horse opera in which the pacing is closer to a leisurely trot than a full gallop." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 13, 2016

Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016)

"It's difficult to see how the film itself could be any less substantial without evaporating on screen." ‐Variety
Posted Jun 9, 2016

Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016)

"Helmer Cheang and action director Li Chung Chi offer an impressive array of rock-'em-sock-'em setpieces, and the performances... are thoroughly attuned to the movie's overall tone of fever-pitched martial-arts noir melodrama." ‐Variety
Posted May 11, 2016

Phantom of the Theatre (2016)

"A spooky and stylish thriller that sustains interest even after it veers from the flamboyantly fantastical to the relatively realistic." ‐Variety
Posted May 6, 2016

Truman (2015)

"Cesc Gay's wise, wistful and well-observed film about two friends enjoying a final reunion in the shadow of impending death, is by turns amusing and affecting - and quite often both at once." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2016

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (2016)

""Papa" never transcends the tropes of a formulaic biopic that views its famous subject through the eyes of a worshipful young devotee." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 27, 2016
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A Song for You: The Austin City Limits story (2016)

"With few exceptions - such as a sequence that focuses on a drug-fueled performance by the late Van Zandt - there is little here other than scads of happy memories and samplings of great music. But that's more than enough." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 16, 2016
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Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke (2016)

"An entertaining celebration of an Austin mecca for boot-scooters and two-steppers." ‐Variety
Posted Apr 5, 2016

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016)

"Slickly produced but scientifically dubious hodgepodge of free-floating paranoia, heart-rending imagery - lots of shots of cute infants who reportedly were damaged by vaccines - and anti-Big Pharma conspiracy mongering. " ‐Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2016
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The Bandit (2016)

"An entertaining inside view of the making of 'Smokey and the Bandit,' emphasizing the relationship between Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2016

Sausage Party (2016)

"A raunchy and witty animated comedy that definitely isn't kids' stuff." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2016

Slash (2016)

"An engaging comedy-drama about adolescent outsiders who dabble in fan-fiction while inventing themselves." ‐Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2016
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Wuss (2013)

"By repeatedly upending expectations and shifting tones, writer-director Clay Liford keeps his audience keenly fascinated and anxious throughout "Wuss."" ‐Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2016

Misconduct (2016)

"A derivative but diverting thriller featuring relatively subdued turns by Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2016

Jane Got a Gun (2016)

"The Weinstein Company may have unloaded this embattled Western without fanfare, but it should still appeal to genre fans." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2016
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For Grace (2016)

"You need know little about haute cuisine to savor the human drama of "For Grace."" ‐Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2016

The Boy (2016)

"Despite game efforts by the cast, this tepid horror opus is never scary enough to overcome its silly premise." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2016

Band Of Robbers (2016)

"This clever updating of Mark Twain finds Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer involved in a comic caper." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2016

Touched With Fire (2016)

"[A] sensitively detailed and emotionally compelling drama about the exhilarating highs and harrowing lows experienced by two manic depressives during their ill-fated romance." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 21, 2015

Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story (2015)

"The late jazz great is honored with a terrific tribute concert and a respectful documentary." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 18, 2015

Christmas Eve (2015)

"Ho, ho, ho? No, not really. " ‐Variety
Posted Dec 8, 2015

Capture the Flag (2016)

"Parents and grandparents shouldn't be surprised if, afterward, youngsters are sufficiently curious to Google info about the real-life Apollo moon missions that the movie playfully references." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

"If you see only one 44-years-later postmortem on a critical and commercial misfire this season, it might as well be "Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans."" ‐Variety
Posted Nov 13, 2015

My All American (2015)

"For all its basis in real-world events, Pizzo's scenario - adapted from the book "Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story" by Jim Dent - plays like thoroughly predictable, by-the-numbers fiction." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2015

Palio (2015)

"As dramatically satisfying as the most crowd-pleasing scripted sports saga." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 6, 2015

The Price We Pay (2015)

"A concise, engrossing and occasionally infuriating overview of the ways multinationals avoid taxes by stashing profits in offshore havens." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 27, 2015

Woodlawn (2015)

"Until the balance tips rather too blatantly toward the latter during the final minutes, the overall narrative mix of history lesson, gridiron action and spiritual uplift is effectively and satisfyingly sustained." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2015
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Gridlocked (2015)

"Brutally and divertingly efficient as an old-school, high-body-count shoot-'em-up." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2015
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