The United States of Leland Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Uneven drama that's too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 4, 2009
"The United States Of Leland" deftly points out dilemmas in current American ideology that frequently escalate into tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very good film about the utter senselessness of murder...
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 5, 2005
Hoge seems to take delight in the fact that the film's conclusion is so frustratingly vague, whereas in fact it's both annoying and disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 28, 2005
Powerful and provocative--if perhaps a bit subdued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
... the ultimate result is like one of those college rock songs that hint at a depth that just isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2004
The drama makes us yearn to discover the reason Leland killed the boy, but the point of the movie isn't to grant us a big revealment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
April 19, 2004
What Gosling accomplishes as Leland cannot be overstated in its brilliance; he gives a face, a mind and a heart to today's doped-up, condemnable teens.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 17, 2004
Hoge pours his heart and his considerable writing talent into this exploration of one of our time's most puzzling phenomena: juvenile violence.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 16, 2004
An intriguing movie about how badly we really want to know the unknowable, what makes kids kill other kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 13, 2004
| Original Score: B-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 11, 2004
...the overabundance of periphery characters and their respective subplots winds up hurting the film more than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 9, 2004
A thoughtful, mature, daring work that looks beneath the surface of an awful act and asks questions few would ask.
| Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 8, 2004
The performances range from solid to excellent (Mr. Gosling and Mr. Donovan are among the standouts), and the ubiquitous teen angst is handled with a minimum of condescension.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 8, 2004
The strengths of Leland ... come from its performances.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 5, 2004
... really powerful stuff.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 5, 2004
A film whose nuances glimmer with a diamond's brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 3, 2004
A shattering glimpse of the way a community reacts when the erratic killing of an innocent suddenly hits close to home...Deserverdly stands as one of the best films of 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 8, 2005

BBC.com
July 5, 2005

Boston Phoenix
April 17, 2004
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Arizona Republic
April 9, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 9, 2004
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