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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. Read critic reviews

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A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

Cast & Crew

Kristen Stewart
Savannah Knoop
Laura Dern
Laura Albert
Jim Sturgess
Geoffrey Knoop
Stella Maxwell
Sophie
Adam Hurtig
John Bradwell
Justin Kelly
Screenwriter
Savannah Knoop
Screenwriter
Mark Amin
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Thor Bradwell
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Dave Hansen
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Patrick Walmsley
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Bobby Bukowski
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Tim Kvasnosky
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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (37)

  • Kristen Stewart is note-perfect as the androgynous, uncomfortable Knoop - alluring in spite of her awkwardness, intelligent and well-spoken when she decides to speak, constantly on the brink of fleeing any room she's in.

    March 12, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Dern brings a hungry, manic energy to Albert... while Stewart's performance is typically interiorised and exacting.

    August 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [Y]ou simply can't look away.

    August 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.

    August 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • On paper, the role couldn't feel better suited to Stewart: alas, the film isn't sturdy enough to support it.

    August 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • JT LeRoy is a decent telling of a fascinating, resonant true story. If it never really fulfils its promise, it's worth it to see two major talents - Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern - in full flow.

    August 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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