Joe Leydon Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Man Who Feels No Pain (2018) Writer-director Vasan Bala's wild and wacky yet also warm and fuzzy fable about a resourceful young man who transcends ostensible physical limitations to become a two-fisted, swift-kicking hero likely will prove to be an irresistible crowd-pleaser.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
26% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) There is a happy ending to the story - but, unfortunately, it doesn't arrive nearly soon enough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet Icebox (2018) Don't read the above as "Eat your vegetables; they're good for you." There is nothing leafy green about "Icebox."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
67% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) It's difficult to recall the last movie husband who evinced such gentlemanly self-restraint when it came to actually consummating his union to a reluctant partner. Kent Smith in Val Lewton's "Cat People," maybe?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet Papi Chulo (2018) A scrupulously low-key and unassumingly ingratiating dramedy...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
57% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2018) A richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
0% Reprisal (2018) "Reprisal" is not a very good movie, but it leaves you with tantalizing hints that some people involved with it are capable of doing something much better.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
67% Beautifully Broken (2018) An intelligently inspiring faith-based drama that links the fates of families in Rwanda and Nashville.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
No Score Yet Running for Grace (Jo, the Medicine Runner) (2018) Predictable but pleasant drama about love and prejudice in 1920s Hawaii‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
No Score Yet Surfer (2018) A young wave-rider is visited from the sea by his presumed-dead dad in this amateurish effort that doesn't hold water.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
20% Pretty Bad Actress (2018) Nick Scown's frenetic farce misses many easy targets while satirizing the pursuit of fame and the obsession of fans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
14% Damascus Cover (2018) Berk's movie is too plodding and predictable to generate anything more than a modest level of suspense; worse, it lacks enough excitement to qualify even as instantly forgettable popcorn entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
0% Black Water (2018) The billing is more than a little misleading.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
9% Race 3 (2018) This in-name-only Bollywood sequel delivers fast and furious action, spirited song and dance, but way too many narrative speed bumps.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
84% Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018) [T]he film is sufficiently intelligent and entertaining to engage most grown-ups and, no kidding, fascinate history buffs.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
72% The Ranger (2018) Punk rockers are led as lambs to the slaughter in yet another homage to '80s slasher movies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
100% People's Republic of Desire (2018) Documentarian Hao Wu examines a unique form of digital interaction in contemporary China.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
50% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez offers a clever "Bluebeard" update in this idiosyncratic gothic sci-fi melodrama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
85% Sadie (2018) Equal parts coming-of-age story and slow-burn thriller, writer-director Megan Griffiths' quietly absorbing and methodically disquieting drama is a genuine rarity: a sympathetic portrait of a budding sociopath.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) Far more substantial than a run-of-the-mill Hitchcock homage, "Number 37" is richly satisfying on its own terms as a singularly crafty and strikingly well-crafted thriller that signals the arrival of a promising filmmaking talent. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
No Score Yet All Square (2018) A casually profane and frequently uproarious working-class dramedy about a small-time bookie who turns a big profit - for a while - by taking bets on Little League games.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
88% 6 Balloons (2018) The movie leaves you with a deep respect for the willingness evidenced by Ryan and her collaborators to take several gambles that pay off dramatically and emotionally.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
29% PARADOX (2018) A waste of time made bearable only by its brevity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
100% Unlovable (2018) A young woman who loves not wisely but too much gets a shot at redemption in an excellent dramedy drawn from the real-life experiences of lead player Charlene deGuzman.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Director and the Jedi (2018) As a whole ... the documentary winds up being at once too much and not enough.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
No Score Yet Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (2018) [A] brisk yet substantial documentary ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
32% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) Far too much of this wildly uneven Netflix-bound comedy plays less like a transgressive farce than an overextended "Saturday Night Live" sketch. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
65% They Remain (2018) Philip Gelatt's pretentious thriller devolves from inscrutability to incoherence at a laborious pace.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) Matthew Cooke's assaultive documentary hammers away at injustices in U.S. justice system.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
No Score Yet Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk (2017) A disjointed dramedy about the disillusionment of a young Jehovah's Witness who cannot resist sins of the flesh.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
17% Looking Glass (2018) Nicolas Cage dials it down a few notches for a derivate thriller about strange doings at a desert motel.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
25% Samson (2018) A sluggish biblical epic that might have been more bearable if it had a much higher campiness quotient.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
88% Bomb City (2018) "Bomb City" will keep you in its grasp during every moment leading to its climactic violence. And it won't let go until the closing credits roll.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
20% Scorched Earth (2018) "Scorched Earth" is the sort of divertingly hokey post-apocalyptic B-movie that would have amused undiscriminating Blockbuster Video renters a generation ago, and now might pass muster as the pilot for a weekly SyFy series.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
75% Braven (2018) To put it simply and gratefully: "Braven" is the sort of unpretentious yet thoroughly professional popcorn entertainment that brings out the best in everybody involved.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Competition (2018) This ponderous misfire removes the laughs from romantic comedy in the name of trying to find the essence of true love.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
20% Desolation (2018) A potentially intriguing premise gets a maladroit execution in a thriller that's more befuddling than exciting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% What They Had (2018) This satisfying drama provides excellent roles for a fine cast, particularly Michael Shannon, Hilary Swank and Robert Forster.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
24% Forever My Girl (2018) Call this schmaltzy romantic drama Nicholas Sparks Lite, and you won't be far off the mark.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
70% Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018) Landau's performance here is a deftly calibrated thing of beauty, and it ranks among his finest work since his Oscar-winning turn as a frail Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet Agnyaathavaasi: Prince in Exile (2018) Trivikram Srinivas' Telugu-language extravaganza is a dial-it-to-11 star vehicle for Pawan Kalyan.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
77% In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) This sometimes uplifting, sometimes depressing documentary looks at a unique effort to bridge the divide between Israelis and Palestinians.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
5% Hangman (2017) Follows three major characters through a multiple-murder investigation with all the suspense-generating gusto of a store clerk checking off items on an inventory list.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
5% Just Getting Started (2017) Ron Shelton's lame comedy is an utterly useless misfire that brings out the worst in all parties involved.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
33% Inoperable (2017) "Inoperable" is insufferable.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
100% What Lies Upstream (2018) Hoback does an impressive job of methodically building his case. And he's every bit as adroit when it comes to fashioning, over the course of his film, an insightful account of two intriguing players in this ongoing real-life drama.‐ Variety
Posted Nov 20, 2017
89% A Bad Idea Gone Wrong (2017) First-time filmmaker Jason Headley, directing from his own screenplay, keeps his concoction moving briskly and humorously, with a light sprinkling of acceptably sweet sentimentality here and there.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
100% No Greater Love (2017) A fascinating and heartfelt documentary about members of a storied U.S. Army battalion and their experiences during 2010-11 deployment in Afghanistan.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
No Score Yet Battlecreek (2017) Even when the movie skirts perilously close to banality, Skarsgard and Van der Boom develop a winning chemistry to hold our interest as their characters slowly (and in Alison's case, very reluctantly) warm to each other.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
72% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) Director Michael Matthews and scripter Sean Drummond skillfully employ recycled genre elements to enhance the mythic qualities of their slow-burn narrative.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017