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.



Total Count: 63


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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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Critic Reviews for J.T. LeRoy

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (16)

  • 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…
  • JT LeRoy isn't a bad movie, and with these actresses it's certainly worth seeing.

    Apr 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Believe it or not, J.T. LeRoy is a story too far out to be so boring.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Though Feuerzeig's picture remains the definitive chronicle of Albert's creative process and the personal demons that informed it, Kelly's film brings us at least a half-step closer to understanding Knoop's motivation for keeping the ruse alive.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The new film smartly illuminates what's been missing from other accounts: Why someone like Knoop would agree to, and even enjoy, taking part in someone else's hoax.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Full Review…

    Andrew Lapin

    Top Critic

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