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.
| Original Score: 3/4
"Leap Year" might be too much for some audiences, but it is a potent and surprising work.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a gripping, mysterious use of no-budget cinema at its finest, and an intimate character study with surprising emotional power.
To Rowe's credit, this isn't just a movie about sex. It's a compassionate study of human loneliness.
A haunting portrait of loneliness in its starkest state.
| Original Score: 3/5
Shocks only with its candor and complete lack of dramatic manipulation.
Leap Year lets actions speak louder than words, and the actions here are shockingly explicit.
| Original Score: A-
Like peanut butter and chocolate or Catholicism and guilt, few things go together better than sex and violence...
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.
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.