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The United States of Leland Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A moral muddle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Ambitious but flawed.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Watching it is the equivalent of listening to two hours of whiny, pretentious emo.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 8, 2004
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

The entire film is like that -- moments of good actors giving halfhearted performances.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2004
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Unbearably pretentious.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

April 2, 2004
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

The narrative merely brushes up against the issues, surrounding them with stagy performances and melodramatic results.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2004
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...plays like a cross between the truthfulness of edgy Cheadle-starrer Manic crossed with the contrived bathos of the glossier The Safety of Objects.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

April 1, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A muddled and uninteresting psychological melodrama.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

September 17, 2004
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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The movie's idiotic fascination with the senselessness of its central act is scarily close to a fetish.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 30, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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In spite of an exceptionally fine cast, this melodrama of suburban adolescent dysfunction never rises to the level of its literary ambitions.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 1, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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There's a reason filmmaking is considered a craft, and Hoge, a former teacher in a juvenile prison, cannot pull off what would be a tricky proposition for a skilled veteran.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 1, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Kevin Spacey has only a supporting role in The United States of Leland, but this troubled-youth melodrama -- which he produced -- is very much of a piece with the phony, pretentious and preachy flicks Spacey has starred in of late.

| Original Score: 1/4

April 2, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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There's something secondhand about everything here. Hoge seems to be mimicking the tone and fabric of other, better indie movies.

April 2, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Leland is nothing if not well meant and sincere. Unfortunately, it's also pretentious, overwritten, derivative.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 8, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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A depressive, civics-lesson Donnie Darko variation.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

April 8, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It simply mopes along to one of those joyless alt-rock soundtracks that have thankfully started to fall out of fashion since the film was produced, leaving vague unpleasantness in its wake.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Isn't it sad that a boy like this could feel so lost that he had to kill someone? Well, maybe. But isn't it sadder that someone's dead?

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 9, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

November 24, 2011

The movie goes back and forth between being melodramatic and genuinely moving

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2004
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Kevin Spacey, who produced the film, is wasted in completely unnecessary role.

Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/10

June 29, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 8, 2005

Arizona Republic
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April 9, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 9, 2004

Boston Phoenix
April 17, 2004
July 5, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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