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Joe Leydon

Adjunct Instructor

M.A. University of Houston





Joe Leydon is an award-winning film critic for Variety, the premier showbiz newspaper and website.

He also is a blogger at MovingPictureBlog.blogspot.com, a contributing writer for MovieMaker magazine, communications director for Cowboys & Indians magazines, a Q&A host at the Denver and Nashville film festivals, a contributing critic for Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, and author of the book Joe Leydon’s Guide to Essential Movies You Must See (Michael Wiese Productions). From 1982 until 1995, he was film critic for The Houston Post. From 1995 until 1999, he was a film critic and entertainment reporter for KPRC-TV. (Several interviews he did with celebrities during this period can be seen on YouTube.) More recently, he has reviewed films and DVDs for The San Francisco Examiner, MSNBC.com, The Katy Courier and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Leydon also has written for New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star and Austin American-Statesman. He has appeared as a guest on the television programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann, At the Movies, Kudlow & Cramer and MSNBC Live.

Leydon earned a BA degree in Journalism at Loyola University in New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Communications Studies at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston.

Leydon teaches MCOM 3360 Specialized Writing - Entertainment & The News. The class focuses on film and television criticism as well as other forms of arts criticism.


  • Houston Press Club Award for Best Critical Commentary, 1985, 1986 and 2003
  • Dallas Press Club Award for Arts Criticism, 1991 and 1994

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