November 28, 2020
Attempts to reimagine a '30s diversion in comedy zaniness - but with only partial success.
August 1, 2015
If the likes of His Girl Friday and Ball of Fire are the standards, Leatherheads can be forgiven for falling short.
March 29, 2011
Leatherheads is too light-hearted to rise above its limitations, and its inability to decide on a tone doesn't help any, but it's too well crafted and thought out to be actually bad.
October 15, 2008
Mostly simply tries for fun, and for a good part of it, it delivers. But with it's jumble of elements, it doesn't allow a central one to take hold and truly fly.
June 13, 2008
This is the slightest of Clooney's directorial offerings, but it's carried over the line by two charismatic leads and a well-honed screenplay.
June 5, 2008
The movie does a nice job with the period details, but Clooney still can't get the romantic comedy angle right.
June 1, 2008
Leatherheads, which opens with the logo that Universal used back in the 1940s instead of the present one, is so successful at reviving the screwball comedy that you're prepared to forgive it some flaws.
May 29, 2008
As period rom-coms go, Leatherheads is mild entertainment.
May 29, 2008
Leatherheads is like an oasis in the middle of a desert - a genuinely enjoyable romantic comedy.
May 22, 2008
Meticulously recreating the era and the sensibilities of the time, Clooney looks as though he is having a riot of a time, be it is grappling in the mud for the ball, or throwing madcap lines at Renee Zellweger's worldly, ambitious journalist
May 20, 2008
It's hard to deny that Clooney is one of Hollywood's best leading men, and "Leatherheads" proves that he can be just as good behind the camera as he is in front of it.
April 20, 2008
What starts as a thoroughly enjoyable screwball romp ... gets bogged down in some over-ambitious plotting and serious themes as it goes along
April 20, 2008
Despite its faults, Leatherheads is funny, smart, original, and another fine notch in the belt of the director who seems well on his way to becoming a classic American filmmaker.
April 15, 2008
In his third film as director, Clooney has taken us back to the films he enjoyed as a child, the classic romantic comedies of Preston Sturgess and Frank Capra.
April 12, 2008
With its screwball comedy approach to how football changed from a no-holds-barred sport to one with strict rules, 'Leatherheads" is a nostalgic treat.
April 11, 2008
Self-assured even when it's self-aware, this is a fizzy concoction with three fingers of Billy Wilder and one of Frank Capra. It's shaken with the Coens and topped off with a splash of Ron Shelton and a cinematographical cream-soda sheen.