Leonie Reviews

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
April 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
"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."
Mike Scott
April 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
March 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
March 25, 2013
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.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2013
As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, "Leonie" too seldom comes fully alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jamie S. Rich
April 26, 2013
Though Leonie is slow at times, it highlights a little-known historical figure in a manner that is emotionally and intellectually satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amy R. Handler
Film Threat
March 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 16, 2013
Uneven, but it captures a time, and a woman ahead of her time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 20, 2013
Color it inspirational.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 22, 2013
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.
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