Leap Year Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 25, 2011
With nothing to offset the persistent minimalism, we're left with a film that does too much of what it's doing and not enough of anything else.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 15, 2011
Nothing about Leap Year plays out exactly like you expect, and Rowe prefers to send you home with enigmatic questions instead of clear-cut answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2011
"Leap Year" might be too much for some audiences, but it is a potent and surprising work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 30, 2011
... A satisfying psychosexual drama, even-handed in its criticism of both bucolic and metropolitan society.
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
June 24, 2011
Del Carmen's sort of the shadow version of Anna Magnani. Emotionally frail, slumbering, and nearly inarticulate, yet hungry, seething, and Earth-Motherish. A powerful performance in one of the most explicit and shocking films of the past several years.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 24, 2011
It's a gripping, mysterious use of no-budget cinema at its finest, and an intimate character study with surprising emotional power.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 24, 2011
To Rowe's credit, this isn't just a movie about sex. It's a compassionate study of human loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 24, 2011
A haunting portrait of loneliness in its starkest state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 23, 2011
It's not because of the amount of sex and nudity that the word "daring" comes to mind in describing Mónica del Carmen's performance, a combination of subtle vulnerability and abandonment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 23, 2011
Shocks only with its candor and complete lack of dramatic manipulation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 23, 2011
quiet, heartbreaking
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 23, 2011
Leap Year lets actions speak louder than words, and the actions here are shockingly explicit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Fear
Time Out
June 22, 2011
Like peanut butter and chocolate or Catholicism and guilt, few things go together better than sex and violence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
There are trifling signs of freshmanship, but also a steady observant eye, and in the end Leap Year bears heartbreaking witness to hopeless depression, isolation, and the failure of sex as few movies ever have.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 18, 2011
Something wicked this way comes in Michael Rowe's Leap Year, a character study of outstanding subtlety and fierce aesthetic exactitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 2, 2010
From Mexico, this bold and yet subtle film is so bracingly realistic that at times we begin worrying about the central actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
November 29, 2010
A tough but humane and affecting watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
November 29, 2010
It's an intense, powerful and at times deeply painful movie, a serious exercise in sexual politics, and Mónica del Carmen as Laura gives an outstanding, brave performance.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 29, 2010
It shows what you can do when emotional understanding and storytelling craft become the ruling factors in a project, filtered through performers who can truly do the material justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
November 29, 2010
A disturbing debut feature from Australian playwright Michael Rowe that is reminiscent of the Roman Polanski classic Repulsion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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