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John Leonard

John Leonard
John Leonard's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Three Days in September (2006) It is a superb and disquieting marvel of television journalism...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
50% Seamless (2005) You may find that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is easier on the eyes than are any of the designs, and certainly much more interesting than the novels she's been stuck in.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
No Score Yet Natalie Dessay: Le Rossignol (2005) ... a delightful Great Performances...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
No Score Yet Yellow Brick Road (2005) Opening (and closing) night is a wicked wonder.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
No Score Yet Lincoln (2006) Lincoln may have been more complicated than his country deserves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet African American Lives (2006) The look on [Chris] Tucker's face at a village dance in southwest Africa is one of the reasons television was worth inventing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
43% Mrs. Harris (2005) What [director Phyllis Nagy] has done is tailor this tabloid material to several different narrative tastes, which alternate as the movie shifts from love affair to temper tantrum to gunfire to murder trial and back again...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Liza with a 'Z' (1972) It looks as good as it ever did, somewhere between a simper and an anxiety attack, and sounds a lot better in stereo, with original musical material by Fred Ebb and John Kander.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America (2006) For once, the History Channel complicates the American past instead of oversimplifying it, and as a result, much of what's been glossed over in our high-school history textbooks... comes rushing onscreen as if from smoking ruins and unmarked graves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Avenger (2006) Timothy Hutton and James Cromwell ought to be interesting as CIA heavies.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Elizabeth I (Part 2) (2006) The producers... indulge themselves with a surfeit of castles, horses, hats, tents, and remarkably explicit disembowelings and beheadings. The only boat they miss is the Spanish Armada.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Elizabeth I (Part 1) (2006) With a menacing shake of her curly locks, a physique as pointed and painted as a playing card, and wearing what looks like a chador or a tarpaulin, Helen Mirren's Elizabeth I can give a sixteenth-century courtier the creeps...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Jericho Of Scotland Yard 2 (2007) ... almost everything about Jericho is more thrilling than Inspector Jericho himself.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
68% Wall (Mur) (2004) This Special Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival has its doubts, rather too tentatively expressed, and its arguments might have been bolstered by considering the recent history of all the other architecture in the killing fields...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Stephen King's 'Desperation' (2006) ... what makes Desperation special-effective is writing, acting, direction, and the sense that these people know something.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet 10.5: Apocalypse (2006) As in Fatal Contact, the disasters have more character than the characters.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Baghdad ER (2006) Our obligation is to think past what happened to why, to make distinctions and connections and a difference in the atrocious world.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
78% Al Otro Lado (2005) ... goes so deep into Mexican corrido music that we end up learning more about poverty, illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and their attendant subcultures than we are comfortable knowing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Tailenders (2006) ... convinces us that the good white Protestant missionaries she follows to Mexico, India, and the Solomon Islands are (a) arrogant, (b) slow, (c) unwitting tools of a rampant capitalism that destroys the subsistence economies of native peoples...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
92% The Fall of Fujimori (2006) We are... riveted by Ellen Perry's The Fall of Fujimori...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet Tintin et moi (Tintin and Me) (Tintin and I) (2003) ... we go behind the scenes into the head of the Belgian cartoonist Hergé, who produced 23 books in 47 years, supposedly for children.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
97% When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) ... masterful crosscutting mix of past and present, of authority and anguish, of ass-covering officialdom and angry dispossession, of sick-city misery and soul-stirring music...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet On Native Soil (2005) On Native Soil shows the whole horror all over again, and so the mind falls down again a hundred stories.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet A Closer Walk (2003) There have been better aids documentaries, from HBO's Common Threads to Marlon Riggs's Tongues Untied, but none more heartfelt.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
74% The Boys of Baraka (2005) There are difficulties along the way, none of them slighted in this award-winning documentary, as well as a surprise at the end that's as sobering to the viewer as it is to the children.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Casanova (2005) This stylish romp suggests that the secret to Jack's success is that he actually listened to what women said.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Eyes on the Prize - Bridge to Freedom (1965) (1987) ... this revolution sought a seat on the bus, a meal in the dime store, a desk in the classroom, and a minute in the polling booth.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Eyes on the Prize - Awakenings (1954-1956) (1987) ... glorious six-hour account of the civil-rights movement...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Cracker (2006) The thinking, the acting, and the cinematography are all equally cunning and caustic.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? (2006) I won't spoil the suspense for those of you who weren't paying attention at the time.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl (2006) There is no safety, nor is there any scruple, and maybe the two were always related.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet The House Next Door (2006) ... exhausts every single extra minute on close-ups of Lara Flynn Boyle's mad eyes, disbelieving face, and straitjacketed self-embrace as she realizes the dream home next to hers is a telepathic pile of evil, killing marriages, children, and pets.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (2006) It can't be said that the crop of made-for-Halloween TV movies have used their extra length to advantage.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006) ... the old Jane is back.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
No Score Yet Tsunami, The Aftermath (2006) Of none of the victims of these killer waves could it be said that their character was their fate. Whoever they were, they didn't deserve it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet Dracula (2007) While I can't imagine why we'd want another Dracula, this one's sturdy enough.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
100% Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) ... the real lesson of Ghosts is that torture coarsens the torturer. We end up screaming at ourselves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet Barbarians II (2007) I'm not saying this is scholarship at its most scrupulous, but it's certainly preferable to, say, the next installment of Marvel Comics...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet Life Support (2006) Latifah seizes the screen and our imagination every minute she's on camera, and an all-star cast-Anna Deavere Smith, Wendell Pierce, Gloria Reuben, Rachel Nicks-has pitched in to make a message movie with love and bite.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet Pilgrimage to Karbala: A Wide Angle Special (2007) ... remarkable Wide Angle documentary from Kevin Sim.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) The cast alone commands respect.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet Simon Schama's The Power of Art (2007) This is not a substitute for art history; it is instead a series of seminars with a mind equal parts cultivated, enthusiastic, and idiosyncratic: his very own Bernini fountain.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Fever (2007) ... ought to be more affecting than it is.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet State Legislature (2007) You can disappear for three and a half hours into the latest American institution to get Frederick Wiseman's unexcelled documentary treatment, State Legislature...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Kill Point (2007) Would a Pittsburgh street crowd gathered to gape at the bloody standoff really burst into raucous cheers when Leguizamo delivered an antiwar proclamation to the TV news cameras?‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet The Company (2007) ... surprisingly slow and remarkably tendentious.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet Most Honorable Son (2007) [Ben Kuroki] has been valorized and scapegoated, and as we look at never-before-seen footage of the camps, we must ask all the embarrassing questions about America-as a nation of, and a sanctuary for, immigrants-that Congress currently ducks.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet Five Days (2007) In other words, with a calculation of word and image that's almost elegant, Five Days gives us sociology and anthropology instead of shock and awe.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Deal (2003) Frears directs as if he intended the exact opposite of his own My Beautiful Laundrette-the view from the top, as empty of principle as pretty-boy Blair.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
No Score Yet Joe Louis: America's Hero...Betrayed (2008) ... the usual first-rate archival work of HBO Sports...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018