There's a strange little war movie living inside Leatherheads. What isn't inside is a football film. Not enough of one, anyway. If this were American Idol, Randy Jackson would say it was pitchy and all over the place.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If the real NFL had started off this tired, we'd be spending our Sundays watching jai alai.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clooney tries to Flags of Our Fathers if directed by Preston Sturges.
| Original Score: 5/10
Leatherheads shoots for the Frank Capra/Howard Hawks goal posts but instead winds up getting bogged down midfield.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tragically, Leatherheads is just OK, though the film may well find an audience among those eager for a little diversion, what with the nostalgia factor and the George Clooney factor.
| Original Score: 2/4
As much as I was hoping it would be a game effort, I'd quick-kick 'Leatherheads' on any given Sunday.
Clooney stages screwball repartee like a ping-pong match shot through molasses
Everyone's too mannered, and most everything's too slow. Especially for a throwback.
Disappointing period football comedy laterals too often without a clear goal in mind.
Leatherheads tries to be a screwball comedy, but it's more The Eleven Stooges.
| Original Score: 2.0/5
Leatherheads proves you can't make 'em like they used to, no matter how hard someone like George Clooney tries.
A 1920s football saga that blends rusty screwball comedy and perfunctory romance under a period piece veneer.
| Original Score: C
Call it embalmed screwball.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Clooney's third movie as director is his weakest.
"Leatherheads" fails because it has trouble balancing its many plots, and because it has nothing remotely interesting to say about any of them.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
George Clooney's football origin comedy starts strong but loses steam before reaching the end zone.
| Original Score: 6/10
It's the bad moments that will probably stay with you.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
I'm sad to report that Clooney has had his first misfire as a director.
Therein lies the problem with Leatherheads %u2014 it has too many fish to fry, and most of them come out half-done.
| Original Score: 2.0/4
A well-meaning movie fatally dazzled by the very nostalgia it's drowning in.