Kate & Leopold


Kate & Leopold

Critics Consensus

Though Jackman charms, Kate and Leopold is bland and predictable, and the time travel scenario lacks inner logic.



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Movie Info

Filmmaker James Mangold follows his Oscar-winning drama Girl, Interrupted (1999) with this whimsical fantasy. Meg Ryan stars as Kate McKay, a modern female executive in New York City whose drive to succeed in the cutthroat corporate world has left little time for romance. When her genius ex-boyfriend Stuart (Liev Schreiber) opens a portal in time, the experiment transports Leopold (Hugh Jackman) from 1867 to the present day. A charming bachelor and the royal "Third Duke of Albany" in his own time, Leopold is fascinated by the 21st century. As the courtly Leopold and the decidedly liberated Kate tour the town, a mutual attraction develops into something deeper, a relationship that's threatened by Leopold's temporary chronological status. Kate & Leopold (2001) was originally developed by co-screenwriter Steve Rogers as a project for star/producer Sandra Bullock, who had a hit with his film Hope Floats (1998). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Hugh Jackman
as Leopold
Paxton Whitehead
as Uncle Millard
Spalding Gray
as Dr. Geisler
Josh Stamberg
as Colleague Bob
Andrew Jack
as Roebling
Stan Tracy
as Photographer
Kristen Schaal
as Miss Tree
James Mangold
as Movie Director
David Aaron Baker
as Studio Executive
Henry Boyle
as Cab Driver
Roma Torre
as TV Newscaster
Viola Davis
as Policewoman
Ray Seiden
as Sanitation worker
Jonathan Fried
as Faux Wolfgang
Francis Dumaurier
as Faux Emeril
Ebony Jo-Ann
as Nurse Ester
George Hahn
as Assistant Director
Joe Mosso
as Cameraman
Cornelius Byrne
as Carriage Driver
Chazz Menedez
as Purse Thief
Chazz Menendez
as Purse Thief
Martha Madison
as Office Woman
Nai Yuan Hu
as Rooftop Violinist
Michael Shelle
as Distinguished Actor
Matthew Beisner
as Commercial Director
Bill Corsair
as Limo Driver
John Rothman
as Executive No. 1
Dennis Rees
as Executive No. 2
Michael Cassady
as Executive No. 3
Brian Letscher
as Ad Executive
Meg Gibson
as Executive's Wife
Kevin Daniels
as Doorman at party
Henry Doyle
as Cab Driver
Russell Di Perna
as Bridge Cop
Frank Arcuri
as 1876 Doorman
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Critic Reviews for Kate & Leopold

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (34)

  • A time-travel romantic comedy whose best elements -- Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman -- overcome distracting plot holes, loose threads and assorted contrivances to make for a mostly charming and diverting tale.

    Sep 26, 2008
  • Ironically, what jeopardises the transaction is Ryan.

    Jun 24, 2006
  • What a dopey, ropey lot of nonsense from director and co-writer James Mangold, who gave us Girl, Interrupted and Cop Land.

    Apr 14, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Hilarious at times, unbearably soppy at others, Kate & Leopold is comfortable viewing for old romantics.

    Mar 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Laura Bushell

    Top Critic
  • The problem with Kate & Leopold is that although this is supposed to be a romantic comedy, the best scenes are the ones in which there's no Ryan.

    Jan 8, 2002
  • Clocking her umpteenth role as a romantic comedy character in a forgettable mainstream scenario, [Ryan] seems to have lost all allure.

    Dec 28, 2001 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Kate & Leopold

  • Aug 14, 2015
    Jackson steals the film from Ryan who is just going through the motion. better then expected, sadly the dialogue is quite bad at times
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2011
    This movie is all kinds of weird, but I love it for that reason. Time travel and love stories have never been so eloquently put together like this. Hugh Jackman dominates the screen as Leopold, becoming the epitome of an English Gentleman who loves his good butter and tea. Meg Ryan also does a great job at making the humor work so well. It's almost like a British interpretation of Back To the Future, only with a lot of Margarine bashing.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2010
    Leopold (Hugh Jackson) is an English Duke living in New York who is accidentally transported from the Nineteenth Century to present day New York. Kate (Meg Ryan) is a successful businesswoman living also in New York, but in 2001. The movie dwells on Leopold's adaptation to rudeness, quick pace and lack of culture. "A gentleman is a gentleman, and there are things that he does and does not do." Hugh Jackman is phenomenal (ohhhh la la) and the guy who plays Kate's brother (Breckin Meyer) is genuinely funny in the scene where he is trying to pick up a girl. Liev Schreiber was also superb. Can be a little cheesy but this movie is pure fun to watch, if you're in the mood for a romantic comedy escape from reality.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2009
    Kate and Leopold made me think what would it be like, when something similar would happen to me. lol. A fun Movie.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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