• PG-13, 2 hr. 12 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Hisako Matsui
    In Theaters:
    Mar 22, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 14, 2013
  • Monterey Media
  • Leonie
    2 minutes 23 seconds
    Added: Nov 27, 2012


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Leonie Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie is more enjoyable when pictures rather than words do the talking. Mortimer is wonderful, but her speeches are less memorable than the simple shots of Japanese flowers, fields and homes that Matsui uses as artistic grout to connect scenes.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2013
Jamie S. Rich

Though Leonie is slow at times, it highlights a little-known historical figure in a manner that is emotionally and intellectually satisfying.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3/5

April 26, 2013
Mike Scott

Despite some nice period elements, it's a mostly sparkle-free affair, sticking so closely to the genre blueprint as to be generic.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2013
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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It hits all the expected beats of a thoroughly vanilla biopic as an aging Leonie reflects on her unconventional life via plodding voiceover while doddering through a forest collecting berries.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2013
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, "Leonie" too seldom comes fully alive.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 12, 2013
John Anderson
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Failing to carve anything graceful or fluid out of a slab of biography, helmer Hisako Matsui does bring to light a curious and intriguing story of a great-woman-behind-a-great-man in Leonie.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 25, 2013
Amy R. Handler
Film Threat

Matsui's Leonie is, very simply, a beautiful film, and one that will live in our hearts and minds long after it ends on screen.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 25, 2013
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Lushly photographed and featuring a stellar performance by the luminous Emily Mortimer in the title role, Hisako Matsui's film is deeply heartfelt but only intermittently compelling.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 22, 2013
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
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Leonie Gilmour was almost certainly unusual and unusually self-reliant. Too bad that the film that bears her name ultimately reduces her to the mother of her child.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 21, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Color it inspirational.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 20, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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"Love is one of life's most spiritual and beautiful chapters," Mortimer is forced to purr. Later: "It seems I am fated to move wherever it is I seek to build my dream."

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 19, 2013
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Uneven, but it captures a time, and a woman ahead of her time.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2013
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