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Leatherheads Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
April 11, 2008
The movie gets lots of things right, yet it fumbles key facets so badly that you simply can't christen it the gridiron version of 'His Girl Friday'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2008
Leatherheads is a romp with some great chemistry between the leads and enough laughs and surprises to keep you entertained.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 6, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 4, 2008
Maybe the film loses a little steam as it rolls along, but it is still puffing and tooting as Clooney and Zellweger ride off into the sunset.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
April 4, 2008
There's a jaunty score by Randy Newman, and Clooney, as always, has charm to burn, but here, he's off his game.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 4, 2008
[Has] a breezy, affable spirit, and its very casualness is something that's extremely rare in mainstream movies these days.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 4, 2008
More amiable than witty and relying heavily on the likability and charm of its lead actors, Leatherheads scores more points as a retro romantic comedy than a football saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 4, 2008
Clooney is now at the stage of his life and career where a flash of his playboy grin earns him enough audience goodwill to carry him over rough patches -- and Lord knows, this movie has them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 4, 2008
Leatherheads is no disaster, but it leaves you wanting both less and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2008
Leatherheads is not that good a movie, and yet it would be hard to enjoy saying anything nasty about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2008
If the real NFL had started off this tired, we'd be spending our Sundays watching jai alai.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 4, 2008
It fumbles -- early -- and never really gets back in the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 4, 2008
Leatherheads is far from a touchdown, but you gotta give points to any movie where a character describes its climactic game as a 'muddy snoozefest.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 4, 2008
It's easy to see what Clooney's going for, but hard to understand the choices he makes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 4, 2008
Leatherheads goes on a good 20 minutes too long, and there's very little in it that makes a lasting impression, but it's easy to watch while it's unspooling -- much like, you know, a lot of Cary Grant comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 4, 2008
Clooney and Zellweger radiate intelligence and seem to take pleasure in each other's mental agility. Even when the lines are less than spectacular, the spark between the two actors is knowing and playful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 4, 2008
Everyone's too mannered, and most everything's too slow. Especially for a throwback.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 4, 2008
Leatherheads a comedy of stock setups and kooky digressions in which nothing really comes to a head, and running at close to two hours, it lacks the essential brevity of the form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
April 4, 2008
No one's saying George Clooney isn't a dashing fellow. But his charm and affability only go so far in Leatherheads.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 4, 2008
Even in a middling comedy such as this one, which he also directed, he's alarmingly ardent. Clooney is relying on the tremendous audience rapport he's built up over the years, and he's right to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2008
Film fans used to speculate about whether Clooney could become the Cary Grant of our time, and now we know he's our Clark Gable and William Holden and Dean Martin, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 4, 2008
This is an unmade bed of a movie -- and ambiguous to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 3, 2008
Leatherheads labors so strenuously to approximate some of the old screwball spirit of the '30s and '40s that it winds up in traction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 3, 2008
Just as robot scientists describe the "uncanny valley" effect, the more Clooney tries to be Clark Gable, the wider the gulf appears between them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 3, 2008
Drawing from movies rather than life, Leatherheads often feels like a likable exercise in retro style rather than a film with a compelling reason to exist on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 3, 2008
If amiability equaled greatness, Leatherheads would be destined to become a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 3, 2008
If you have a hankering for old-style Hollywood comedy and romance, and Turner Classic Movies is on a Steve McQueen or John Wayne jag, Leatherheads offers an agreeable substitute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
April 3, 2008
There's a flatness about the whole enterprise -- like drinking champagne, but from an old house slipper.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 3, 2008
Both behind and before the camera, Clooney imbues Leatherheads with an irresistible charm and intelligence, raising it far above the average period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 3, 2008
The film leaves you longing for a few Hail Mary end-zone passes, while the filmmakers stick to a story that tries to pound it out with a safe, tedious ground game.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 3, 2008
Leatherheads is most on its game when it's in the game, and in the zone of Clooney's no-bull affection for the faces of his actors.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 3, 2008
It's an enjoyable diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 3, 2008
It's the equivalent of a busted play, with the players scrambling in different directions, making any kind of forward progress nearly impossible.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 3, 2008
Why does the whole thing feel sloggier than the climactic game, a near-scoreless battle waged in a lake of mud?
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 3, 2008
Clooney makes us expect the best of him each and every time he takes to the field, and Leatherheads is considerably less than that.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 2, 2008
Leatherheads is laid-back, amiable and terminally tepid.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 2, 2008
Reproducing a period-piece screwball comedy for a modern audience turns out to be one playful, self-deprecating wink too many for [Clooney].
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2008
Disappointing period football comedy laterals too often without a clear goal in mind.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 31, 2008
Aims only to please and proves perfectly amiable, but ultimate effect is one of much energy expended to minimal payoff.