Leave No Trace Reviews

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August 21, 2019
Setting Leave No Trace in the wilderness allows Granik to portray an extremely enmeshed - yet, under the circumstances, healthy - father-daughter relationship.
July 26, 2019
McKenzie and Foster serve as compelling guides on Granik's emotional journey.
July 7, 2019
To hide out in a national park takes the grace, stealth and skill of a wild animal. Will and his 13-year-old daughter have been doing just that in Portland, Oregon, living peacefully off the grid, when the long arms of the law close in.
April 9, 2019
Quiet and somber, with long stretches of little to no dialogue, Leave No Trace isn't likely to appeal to everyone, especially with its purposefully vague approach to storytelling and deliberate obfuscation of details.
April 3, 2019
In essence, Leave No Trace, reinforces why independent filmmaking continues to capture what mainstream films often cannot--human nature exposed to the elements.
March 13, 2019
If Leave No Trace isn't quite as formidable as Debra Granik's Winter's Bone, it's still a potent drama marked by a superlative turn from teenage actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.
March 4, 2019
Understated sound design - from a helicopter drone to the hum of bees - subtly amplifies the film's themes of trauma and trust, independence and belonging.
March 2, 2019
It's an evocative film that allows you to immerse yourself in the characters and analyze your own lives. It may not be a 'fun' film per se, but the emotional resonance is what I love about independent cinema.
February 26, 2019
Director Debra Granik does an amazing job.
February 16, 2019
Leave No Trace is the perfect antidote for those wanting something other than multi-million dollar blockbusters and flashy awards bait.
February 12, 2019
A tremendously affecting film that never resorts to cheap manipulation.
January 31, 2019
It's an emancipative, heartbreaking experience with humanity galore.
January 11, 2019
[Director Debra Granik] presents a nuanced, thought-provoking story about life on the fringes, and along the way, discovers and nurtures another star-caliber young talent in McKenzie with Leave No Trace.
January 7, 2019
As the father's doomed ideal collapses, the movie's conflict resolves into two competing universal impulses: the desire to be noticed and the desire to disappear.
December 28, 2018
At bottom, Leave No Trace is about human bonds, and specifically the bond of parents and children.
December 27, 2018
Another great character drama from Debra Granik, who continues to impress with her Midas touch on character, setting and performance.
December 26, 2018
...the film's quiet pace and beautiful cinematography (much of it shot in the forests near Portland, Oregon) perfectly complement the story.
December 25, 2018
Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie astonish us in this emotion train which displays a primitive conflict that nowadays must not be uncommon. [Review in Spanish]
December 22, 2018
To call the film's lead characters isolationists seems unfair: they simply find their own human connections through privacy. Who are we to say what defines a home?
December 21, 2018
With harmonious felicity, Foster and McKenzie trace Granik's story like a twig parting sand. She couldn't have asked for a better duo.
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