J.T. LeRoy Reviews

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February 11, 2020
As the feverish airhead scheme-meister, Dern electrifies in a near-toxic, hypnotic fusion of manic 60s flower children on speed, an even more energized 60s/70s Grace Slick, and name-yer-hyper-self-involved motor-mouth wannabe of today.
February 1, 2020
Together Justin Kelly and Knoop have created a story and film for fans of JT Leroy, those who enjoyed the media circus of the mystery and for those who are only now discovering the real story as well as the books.
September 27, 2019
Tells [the story] faithfully, but maybe not bravely. It's a competent film, it's an interesting film... but I don't think it digs as deeply as it could.
September 17, 2019
JT LeRoy may add to the overall mystique of the story when reviewed alongside the docs and books on the subject. Taken on its own, it leaves the viewer wanting more depth and nuance to bring things full circle.
September 3, 2019
Although JT himself never lived, that doesn't mean he wasn't real, and this compelling film explores that delightfully while handing Stewart yet another standout performance.
August 23, 2019
The film is at its strongest when it's exploring the nature of manipulation and who, exactly, is manipulating whom.
August 19, 2019
Albert, played by Laura Dern (in some scenes doing a deliberately outrageous English accent), frets about being sidelined. As far as the film's treatment of her is concerned, she has a point.
August 18, 2019
Dern brings a hungry, manic energy to Albert... while Stewart's performance is typically interiorised and exacting.
August 16, 2019
[Y]ou simply can't look away.
August 16, 2019
Stewart excels in portraying the gender issues underpinning the ruse, yet, in drawing on Savannah's 2008 memoir Girl Boy Girl, Kelly seems curiously uninterested in the interior lives of these compelling and chameleonic characters.
August 16, 2019
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
This female-led tale of identity is a low key but high calibre watch.
August 15, 2019
On paper, the role couldn't feel better suited to Stewart: alas, the film isn't sturdy enough to support it.
August 15, 2019
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 14, 2019
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
This is Knoop's side of the story, set in San Francisco, but it's so intricately tied up with Albert's that the end result is not completely satisfying - and you feel that another documentary would have been a better vehicle for this extraordinary story.
August 14, 2019
K-Stew [Kristen Stewart] rocks in a gender-fluid literary-hoax drama that's strange and fascinating.
August 14, 2019
It's a very forthright performance from Dern, but Stewart is simply too opaque and subdued in the role of Knoop.
August 12, 2019
Beyond the excellent central performances, the film never delves satisfyingly enough into ideas of identity, authenticity, or the therapeutic power of writing.
August 9, 2019
A modern-day 'Cyrano de Bergerac' with a hefty dose of bonkers.
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