Leaves of Grass Reviews

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August 30, 2011
Maybe too small-scale to be anything truly special, but an original and witty film that both surprises and entertains.
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.
October 10, 2010
This is a very personal film from Nelson that is jam packed with ideas and heavily influenced by the Coen Brothers...
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.
September 28, 2010
An offbeat thriller that is deepened -- rather than derailed -- by its tricky shift from darkly funny to just plain dark.
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.
September 20, 2010
... through it all, the two performances by Edward Norton feel natural, relaxed, utterly unlike a gimmick.
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.
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.
September 17, 2010
As a writer-director, Nelson keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace, and never condescends to his articulate redneck characters.
September 17, 2010
Mr. Norton is a pleasure to watch, and so is everyone else.
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.
April 2, 2010
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.
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.
March 29, 2010
Heady stuff, but plot feels forced rather than organic.
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.
March 29, 2010
...a thoroughly independently minded movie that plays loose at putting across big ideas.
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.
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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