Joe Leydon

Joe Leydon
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
75% Ride the Eagle (2021) "Ride the Eagle" likely will be most warmly embraced by viewers who have experienced profoundly mixed emotions when hearing about the death of a loved one who frequently was extremely difficult to love. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
83% In Another Country (2013) French actress Isabelle Huppert isn't only the star of "In Another Country," she's also the center of gravity for this playfully wispy yet oddly captivating doodle by South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
39% Jolt (2021) A relentlessly busy and cacophonously noisy action film that often comes across as a Kmart version of "Black Widow." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
14% Howard the Duck (1986) It's a wack!-wack!-wacky comedy-adventure. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
67% Ride, Rise, Roar (2010) This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no humdrum concert documentary. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
100% The Phantom (2021) A fascinating and ultimately infuriating look at a fatal miscarriage of justice in Texas. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
50% Lansky (2021) Keitel infuses his performance here with more than enough lion-in-winter gravitas to dominate every moment he is on screen, and quite a few when he isn't. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
76% Stormy Monday (1988) Throughout "Stormy Monday," the characters are sharply drawn, the dialogue is bracingly hardboiled, and the tension is skillfully sustained. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
54% The Fast and the Furious (2001) A film that should serve to define "guilty pleasure" for at least the rest of the summer. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
88% To Sleep With Anger (1990) A quietly unsettling film that finds dark portents and hints of the supernatural in the seemingly commonplace - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
90% Hear My Song (1991) With a strut to its walk and a lilt to its talk, and a crafty bit of whimsy up its sleeve, "Hear My Song" is a gloriously loony and exhilaratingly romantic comedy. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
53% Queen Bees (2021) Ellen Burstyn and James Caan head an unusually strong cast of familiar faces in director Michael Lembeck's indie crowd-pleaser. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
13% Under the Stadium Lights (2021) Between long stretches of TV clips from real-life games, ponderous melodrama unfolds. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
73% The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (2021) An exceptionally compelling Outback Western. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
No Score Yet Walking with Herb (2021) A genially pleasant comedy-drama that is elevated by the sincerity and conviction of actors (especially Olmos) fully invested in their roles. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
No Score Yet The Farmer (1977) The Farmer is beneath contempt, much less serious criticism. - The Times (Shreveport, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
94% Best Summer Ever (2020) An Irresistibly Appealing Musical Comedy Brimming with Inclusivity and Exuberance - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
56% Pete's Dragon (1977) Pete's Dragon, this year's big holiday attraction from Walt Disney Productions, is a glossy and generally entertaining musical fantasy which parents can enjoy just as much as their children certainly will. - The Times (Shreveport, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
92% Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Despite a few creepy moments and some fascinating special effects, the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a disappointment. - The Times (Shreveport, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
85% Magic (1978) Hopkins is very impressive -- he learned ventriloquism for the film, and uses the art most effectively. But it is the emotional impact which he scores that lifts his performance beyond mere trickiness and up to the level of masterwork. - The Times (Shreveport, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
89% Islands in the Stream (1977) Islands in the Stream is best when it centers on people instead of plot. The film is blessed with a marvelously literate script (by Denne Bart Petitclerc), and fine actors who bring that script to life. - The Times (Shreveport, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
100% Blue Collar (1978) The best performance comes from Richard Pryor, mainly because his role is the most carefully conceived and developed. - The Times (Shreveport, LA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
88% The Fabulous Filipino Brothers (2021) Director-star Dante Basco's family affair is an engagingly freeform portmanteau that runs the gamut from joltingly dark to sweetly romantic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
No Score Yet Dutch (2021) There's nothing to recommend in writer-director Preston A. Whitmore II's small-budget, low-octane crime drama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
75% Adverse (2021) Writer-director Brian A. Metcalf's indie offering boasts some impressive rough stuff and a surprisingly affecting turn by Mickey Rourke. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
61% Son of the South (2021) Executive produced by Spike Lee, Barry Alexander Brown's drama features fine performances across the board, and a vivid evocation of a tumultuous period. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
46% Hide Away (A Year in Mooring) (2012) A quietly contemplative, deliberately paced tale of renewal and redemption, Chris Eyre's beautifully crafted indie sails smoothly, if not downright defiantly, far beyond the commercial mainstream. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
36% Savage State (2021) Writer-director David Perrault squanders the potential of his early scenes as he allows his film to devolve into an incoherent genre mashup. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
14% Redemption Day (2021) If "Redemption Day" were any more generic, the first thing you'd see on screen would be a bar code in place of opening credits. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
98% His Girl Friday (1940) Whenever I screen His Girl Friday for college-level film courses, female students seem particularly impressed by Russell's portrayal of a woman liberated way before women's liberation was cool. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2021
11% Heart Condition (1990) A surprisingly engaging action-comedy-fantasy that places greater emphasis on high-caliber acting than rapid-fire shootouts. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2020
88% Echo Park (1986) It actually works best when the very randomness of its plotting evokes a mood of extremely casual cheeriness. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) An uncommonly compelling drama that arrives just in time to qualify as one of the best movies released during a year when we need all the good news we can get. - Cowboys & Indians Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
85% Fearless (1993) "Fearless" is a powerful and provocative movie about, among other things, the dizzying possibilities of life after a near-death experience. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3% Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) If "Love, Actually" had actually been as bad as its most vociferous detractors have long insisted, it would have looked and sounded a lot like this misfire. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
31% Superintelligence (2019) A rogue A.I. makes life by turns terrific and terrifying for "the most average person on Earth." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
95% Dave (1993) "Dave" is the very model of a modern Capraesque comedy, being the story of a little guy who triumphs, through pluck and luck, over a corrupt system. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
92% Ed Wood (1994) Burton has managed to make something altogether unique - a compassionate farce - that can be enjoyed even by people who have never heard of Wood, who would never willingly submit themselves to a Wood work. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
85% Beetlejuice (1988) "Beetlejuice" is so exuberantly batty, so outrageously zany, it makes "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" seem as somber as "Ironweed." - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
63% The Artist's Wife (2020) Lena Olin and Bruce Dern Excel in Tom Dolby's Drama About a Couple Coping With the Husband's Alzheimer's - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
57% Pearl (2020) Anthony LaPaglia and Larsen Thompson Are Well-Matched in an Uneven but Affecting Drama - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
20% Paydirt (2020) Christian Sesma's derivative crime drama offers modest diversion for undemanding genre aficionados. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
14% Vibes (1988) Loony and lightweight, the film deals with psychics and supernatural doings, and is best when it plays both elements for laughs. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
62% The Patriot (2000) To use the language of the movie's time, "The Patriot "deserves a whole-hearted, full-throated roar of "Huzzah!" - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
No Score Yet Jaws: The Revenge (1987) After all the dire reports of production delays, inclement weather and special-effects foul-ups, it should come as no great surprise that the problem-plagued "Jaws: The Revenge" looks like something haphazardly pieced together in a hurry. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
11% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," a confused and cheap-looking movie that evidently was butchered in the editing room, would be better titled "Superman Farce: The Search for a Quick Buck." - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
76% Silverado (1985) "Silverado" is the real thing, a good old-fashioned Western that shoots straight, rides tall, and moves quicker than a cowboy galloping off to the chuck wagon. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
76% The Lost Boys (1987) Slick, savvy and scary, "The Lost Boys" is a hip horror comedy with the full-throttle excitement of a rollercoaster ride and the pop culture fluency of a Stephen King best seller. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
69% Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) Lumet give us a persuasively detailed and emotionally intense film that brings out the best in just about everybody involved. - The Moving Picture Show EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
44% I Am Vengeance: Retaliation (2020) Stu Bennett (aka Wade Barrett) returns in a formulaic action-adventure sequel that plays like a replay of '80s-era direct-to-video fare. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020