Joe Leydon Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Bill Nye: Science Guy (2017) The beloved TV host strives to be taken seriously in his battle against anti-science forces.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
83% Mayhem (2017) Call it "Margin Call Goes to Hell," and you'd be pretty close to the mark‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
74% Small Town Crime (2018) A hardboiled melodrama with a heart of tarnished gold.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
59% The Strange Ones (2018) Despite the game efforts of its lead actors, this indie road-movie drama goes nowhere - slowly.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
95% Dealt (2017) Here's the deal: Luke Korem's documentary is a fascinating portrait of a blind card mechanic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
98% Lucky (2017) Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in "Lucky," an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything that's important.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
77% The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017) Can be enjoyed as both a straight-shooting homage to crotchety sidekicks and shoot-'em-up conventions, and a well-crafted movie about loyalty, betrayal, and redemption that dutifully acknowledges, without slavishly mimicking ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
83% Punching Henry (2017) Sharply observed and understatedly amusing ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
No Score Yet The Great & the Small (2017) Writer-director Dusty Bias offers an engaging dramedy about lives of quiet and not-so-quiet desperation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
92% From Nowhere (2017) Credible and creditable performances by a fine cast of promising newcomers and familiar veterans enhance the emotional impact of this low-key but compelling indie‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
40% Fall (2014) Throughout the entirety of "Fall," Murphy unassumingly serves notice that proficient character actors we often take for granted really shouldn't be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
56% Wheeler (2017) This faux documentary about a country music singer-songwriter plays like a long-distance ego trip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
80% The Grace of Jake (2017) Writer-director Chris Hicky makes a promising debut as feature filmmaker with this low-key drama of redemption.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
98% Kedi (2017) Kedi will make you a believer.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
36% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Yes, the movie is called "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," but don't let that get your hopes up.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
90% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) A few episodes are less satisfying than others, but only because they spotlight intriguing yet obscure figures that audiences likely would want to learn about in greater detail.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
45% The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) The end result merits a paraphrase of the memorable appraisal by Miss Jean Brodie: For those who like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they probably will like.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
64% Detour (2017) This surprisingly satisfying neo-noir thriller borrows a few pages from "Sliding Doors."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
3% Arsenal (2017) "You could argue that, at this point, [Nicolas Cage] is to 21st-century VOD fare what Wings Hauser was to '80s direct-to-video quickies."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
31% The Hollow Point (2016) An over-the-top Ian McShane is the chief selling point for this formulaic neo-noir drama, which also stars Patrick Wilson.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
No Score Yet Hollow Point (1995) The humor is often strained but the actors are always game in "Hollow Point," a modestly entertaining opus that tries to inject a "Moonlighting" style of levity into a routine action-adventure plot. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
40% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) Ringo Lam returns to his roots with a rehash of elements from '80s Hong Kong action cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
18% Incarnate (2016) Offers a relatively fresh take on standard-issue exorcism-melodrama tropes, along with a performance by Aaron Eckhart that is more than persuasive enough to encourage the investment of a rooting interest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
33% Believe (2016) Schmaltzy faith-based drama isn't quite a lump of coal, but it's not a Christmas present, either.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2016
0% Life on the Line (2016) John Travolta dodges downed power lines, but can't escape the clichés.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
8% Shut In (2016) It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, scads of cliches appeared on the horizon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
58% Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) Wink-wink references to other Bollywood features add spice to this lukewarm masala.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
0% Max Steel (2016) A half-baked, time-wasting curtain-raiser for a superhero franchise that is never, ever going to happen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
No Score Yet Priceless (2016) A surprisingly involving faith-based drama about human trafficking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) A youth-skewing comedy-fantasy with possible cross-generational appeal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
54% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
83% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
10% I.T. (2016) Pierce Brosnan provides a welcome low-tech touch to John Moore's high-tech thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
80% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
67% Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016) Antonio Banderas' admirable performance fails to energize Hugh Hudson's handsome but ponderous period drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2016
0% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
0% The Disappointments Room (2016) Despite Kate Beckinsale's game efforts, D.J. Caruso's thriller proves altogether worthy of its title.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
11% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
13% Ithaca (2016) "Ithaca" is the sort of frustrating movie that's just good enough to make you wish it were a lot better. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
94% Starving The Beast (2016) A polished and provocative documentary about debates over funding -- or defunding -- state colleges and universities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
100% Silicon Cowboys (2016) A fascinating account of maverick innovators during the Wild West era of personal computing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
90% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
86% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
40% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
No Score Yet Beta Test (2016) A real-world first-person shooter causes mayhem in this preposterous sci-fi action-thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
71% Dhanak (2015) A slick and engaging Hindi comedy-drama that is equal parts road movie and fairy tale.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
100% Chicken People (2016) An illuminating and amusingly entertaining look at the thriving subculture of competitive poultry breeders.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2016
50% Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017) Unfortunately, the filmmaker is hard-pressed to find a new perspective for this all-too-familiar story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2016
No Score Yet The Seer (2007) Should be of interest to passionate devotees of the film's subject. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2016
40% Traded (2016) A retrograde horse opera in which the pacing is closer to a leisurely trot than a full gallop.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016