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Leaves of Grass Reviews

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James Luxford
The National (UAE)
August 30, 2011
Maybe too small-scale to be anything truly special, but an original and witty film that both surprises and entertains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 22, 2011
Essentially Deliverance cross-bred with A History of Violence...Leaves of Grass is a peculiar rural yarn and a sweet, assured examination of lost innocence and brotherhood that succeeds largely because of Norton's multi-faceted performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 10, 2010
This is a very personal film from Nelson that is jam packed with ideas and heavily influenced by the Coen Brothers...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 10, 2010
The DVD extras give the film a boost with a well done "making-of?" featurette and a commentary of the film by director Nelson, star Norton and producer William Migliore.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2010
An offbeat thriller that is deepened -- rather than derailed -- by its tricky shift from darkly funny to just plain dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 24, 2010
It's a jarringly realistic hybrid that echoes the more surreal aspects of real, rural life, and Norton walks/ambles through it all, sporting dueling personalities and distinct accents, but one very serious heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
September 20, 2010
... through it all, the two performances by Edward Norton feel natural, relaxed, utterly unlike a gimmick.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
September 17, 2010
This is Tim Blake Nelson's affectionate and curious vision of his native Oklahoma, and what he sees makes for a uniquely restless, ribald motion picture.
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Karina Longworth
indieWIRE
September 17, 2010
The mirror image gag is one of the oldest in the book, and yet, if done well, it never really gets old.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 17, 2010
As a writer-director, Nelson keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace, and never condescends to his articulate redneck characters.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 17, 2010
Mr. Norton is a pleasure to watch, and so is everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 9, 2010
Emerging director Tim Blake Nelson takes another step up with this comedy drama starring Edward Norton in what might go down as Norton's best performance yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
April 2, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 1, 2010
Edgy, intelligent and unusual. And also uneven. [It] has so many good things going for it, though, that while you can't overlook the flaws, you might be willing to forgive them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2010
The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition. And for that I dig it, even if Leaves of Grass has the habit of swerving and sometimes lurching from tone to tone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 29, 2010
Heady stuff, but plot feels forced rather than organic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 29, 2010
Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass is some kind of sweet, wacky masterpiece. It takes all sorts of risks, including a dual role with Edward Norton playing twin brothers, and it pulls them off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
Daily Radar
March 29, 2010
...a thoroughly independently minded movie that plays loose at putting across big ideas.
| Original Score: B+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 29, 2010
Leaves of Grass is part goofy drug comedy, part shocking bloodbath. It's a riot of tones and genres, but unlike that other recent hybrid, Pineapple Express, the parts add up to something larger.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 27, 2010
Meant to blow your mind when not pulling your leg, the film has some surreal surprises in store. Like homicidal potheads, a Jewish menorah wielded as a deadly weapon, and a suspicious swastika scrawled backwards at a bible belt synagogue crime scene.
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