Leave No Trace (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Leave No Trace (2018)



Critic Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story -- and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.

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Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.


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All Critics (162) | Top Critics (39)

Occasionally uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking, it is nothing less than sublime.

July 23, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Debra Granik directs with a touch that's as gentle on the audience as bees are to Tom. There is not a move, cut, sound, or deliberate stretch of silence that in some way doesn't advance and inform the plot.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It covers difficult ground, but to say it leaves no trace would be a lie. It definitely makes its mark.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Leave No Trace might be described in social terms as a film about homelessness, but it never loses sight of the fact that what makes a home is the privacy people need to connect with each other.

July 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Leave No Trace is one of the best films of 2018 and promises to make a star of McKenzie.

July 8, 2018 | Full Review…

[Thomasin McKenzie] is a massive find. There is such wisdom in her presence...You can feel her seeing everything and taking it all in. There's such a naturalism to the way she responds in every single situation.

July 6, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Leave No Trace


From director Debra Granik who made 2010's 'Winter's Bone', returns with another superb effort that's every bit as stunning and endearing as critics from all across the world are saying it is. Focusing on a very human story of a father and his beloved daughter living away from the confines and traditions of society, possibly due to his past trauma and uncomfortable mentality of being a former war veteran. A film like this mesmerizes us within the beautiful confines of the Oregon rain forests, whilst encompassing us within the drama conflicting with both Ben Foster and newcomer; Thomasin McKenzie's outstanding performances, that truly make this film to watch out for. Granik is also hugely capable of making a unique American setting stand out with such vigor and grace within it's naturalistic features and feel, especially for it's minor performers too, that work exceptionally well along with the leads. Definitely one of 2018's finest.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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A perfect movie about an imperfect man trying to not to fit into an imperfect world. Ben Foster is lights out fantastic as our wounded warrior but it's Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie who captures our hearts and minds as his loyal daughter. Would the Academy just give Debra Granik the best director Oscar now for what is maybe the best movie of the year. Most movies I hate sitting so close to the screen but sat up close for Leave and No Trace and glad I did. A very emotional sad ending for the actors and the audience.. (7-21-18)

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