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Leo (2002)




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The feature-length debut of Mehdi Norowzian, Leo combines two different story lines, but does not reveal their connection until the end of the film. Stephen (Joseph Fiennes) gets a job at a diner run by Vic (Sam Shepard) after serving a 15-year jail term for murder, during which he spent a chunk of time writing. Mary Bloom (Elisabeth Shue) believes her professor husband has been cheating on her, and engages in sex with a house painter in order to get some revenge. After finding out her beliefs were false, Mary's husband and daughter die in a car accident. The pregnant Mary gives birth and names the boy Leopold after a fictional character in a novel she once read. Leo was screened at the Toronto Film Festival.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Massy Tadjedin, Amir Tadjedin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2004
First Look Pictures


Elisabeth Shue
as Mary Bloom
Jake Weber
as Ben Bloom
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Critic Reviews for Leo

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

A well-written drama of psychological depth but diminishing returns.

May 1, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The plot simmers along nicely, dipping and weaving between the two storylines with grace and style.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

Newcomer Mehdi Norowzian delivers a flawed film that is nonetheless entertaining.

Full Review… | July 20, 2004

it will have even art house regulars rolling their eyes.

Full Review… | March 26, 2004

An overheated pot-boiler that plays like ersatz William Faulkner.

Full Review… | April 27, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Leo

*** (out of four)

A nice, but distant and morose drama that features a nice performance from Joseph Fiennes. More could have been done with it, but it still is worthwhile.

Fiennes plays a man leaving prison. He hopes to turn his life around. His first task is to find, Leo, the boy who has been writing him while in prison.

Steve Smith

[list][*]Somewhat mysterious.[*]Drama.[*]Pretty good acting.[*]Dennis Hopper seems to be playing his usual character.[*]The mystery surprise isn't really that surprising but it doesn't really have that much affect on the movie.[*]Want to know more, just ask in a comment...[*][b]Recommendation[/b]: Rent[*][b]Grade[/b]: B[/list]

Casey Bruno

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