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Leaves of Grass Reviews

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James Luxford
The National

Maybe too small-scale to be anything truly special, but an original and witty film that both surprises and entertains.

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 4/5

August 30, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Essentially Deliverance cross-bred with A History of Violence...Leaves of Grass is a peculiar rural yarn and a sweet, assured examination of lost innocence and brotherhood that succeeds largely because of Norton's multi-faceted performance.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

February 22, 2011
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This is a very personal film from Nelson that is jam packed with ideas and heavily influenced by the Coen Brothers...

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

October 10, 2010
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

The DVD extras give the film a boost with a well done "making-of?" featurette and a commentary of the film by director Nelson, star Norton and producer William Migliore.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

October 10, 2010
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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An offbeat thriller that is deepened -- rather than derailed -- by its tricky shift from darkly funny to just plain dark.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 28, 2010
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

It's a jarringly realistic hybrid that echoes the more surreal aspects of real, rural life, and Norton walks/ambles through it all, sporting dueling personalities and distinct accents, but one very serious heart.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 24, 2010
Drew McWeeny

... through it all, the two performances by Edward Norton feel natural, relaxed, utterly unlike a gimmick.

Full Review Source: HitFix

September 20, 2010
Michael Smith
Tulsa World

This is Tim Blake Nelson's affectionate and curious vision of his native Oklahoma, and what he sees makes for a uniquely restless, ribald motion picture.

Full Review Source: Tulsa World

September 17, 2010
Karina Longworth

The mirror image gag is one of the oldest in the book, and yet, if done well, it never really gets old.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

September 17, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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As a writer-director, Nelson keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace, and never condescends to his articulate redneck characters.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2010
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Mr. Norton is a pleasure to watch, and so is everyone else.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 17, 2010
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Emerging director Tim Blake Nelson takes another step up with this comedy drama starring Edward Norton in what might go down as Norton's best performance yet.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

April 9, 2010
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Edgy, intelligent and unusual. And also uneven. [It] has so many good things going for it, though, that while you can't overlook the flaws, you might be willing to forgive them.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

April 1, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition. And for that I dig it, even if Leaves of Grass has the habit of swerving and sometimes lurching from tone to tone.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 31, 2010
Harvey S. Karten

Heady stuff, but plot feels forced rather than organic.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

March 29, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass is some kind of sweet, wacky masterpiece. It takes all sorts of risks, including a dual role with Edward Norton playing twin brothers, and it pulls them off.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 29, 2010
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar

...a thoroughly independently minded movie that plays loose at putting across big ideas.

| Original Score: B+

March 29, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Leaves of Grass is part goofy drug comedy, part shocking bloodbath. It's a riot of tones and genres, but unlike that other recent hybrid, Pineapple Express, the parts add up to something larger.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 29, 2010
Prairie Miller

Meant to blow your mind when not pulling your leg, the film has some surreal surprises in store. Like homicidal potheads, a Jewish menorah wielded as a deadly weapon, and a suspicious swastika scrawled backwards at a bible belt synagogue crime scene.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

March 27, 2010
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine

Writer/director Tim Blake Nelson manages a finely tuned balance that is rare in cinema. Moving from the far reaches of comedy to the nether regions of drama, he never skips a beat or sets the pitch too high.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 26, 2010
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