Leave No Trace

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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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Critic Reviews for Leave No Trace

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (43)

  • Granik's star-making instincts are as sharp as ever.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Occasionally uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking, it is nothing less than sublime.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 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.

    Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Leave No Trace

  • May 18, 2019
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2019
    What a great prospective for a story to be told from, you can tell the people behind the camera knew what they were doing. The acting is so raw and emotional, you feel for the characters and what they are going through. I would also give the sound mixing department praise, you felt as though you were really in the wilderness.
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  • Jan 20, 2019
    Hmmm, it *has* been a while since I've felt An Emotionâ¢.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Focusing on a young lady (the astounding Thomasin McKenzie) who is so devoted to her father (Ben Foster) that she lives with him in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon, this is about as subtle and delicate a film about those who live outside the accepted norms as you are like ever to see, while remaining brutal and raw as truth is wont to be. Powerful storytelling here, master class stuff. Don't miss it.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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