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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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (37)

  • [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…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • 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…
  • Yet despite the presence of two of our very best female actors, the story has lost much of its power and intrigue.

    August 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a very forthright performance from Dern, but Stewart is simply too opaque and subdued in the role of Knoop.

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

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

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
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