J.T. LeRoy

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While it may leave some viewers wishing for a more in-depth exploration of its story and themes, J.T. Leroy offers a diverting dramatization of incredible real-life events.



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In this captivating true story, a young woman (Kristen Stewart) spends years playing the public role of Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, an enigmatic and celebrated literary persona created by her sister-in-law (Laura Dern).


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  • [Y]ou simply can't look away.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The lifeless narrative rhythm, which quickly succumbs to a deadly causal trap (and then, and then, and then), doesn't help either.

    Aug 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a very forthright performance from Dern, but Stewart is simply too opaque and subdued in the role of Knoop.

    Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A modern-day 'Cyrano de Bergerac' with a hefty dose of bonkers.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
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  • A lukewarm examination of what might have been a hot topic - and that means it risks being overshadowed by the real-life soap opera playing out around it.

    May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    Top Critic
  • Yet despite the efforts of its stars and the inherent juiciness of its source material, the film falls flat when it should bounce with surreal glee.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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