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Leave No Trace Reviews

July 23, 2018
Occasionally uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking, it is nothing less than sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 13, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 13, 2018
It covers difficult ground, but to say it leaves no trace would be a lie. It definitely makes its mark.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 11, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2018
Leave No Trace is one of the best films of 2018 and promises to make a star of McKenzie.
July 6, 2018
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 6, 2018
Leave No Trace is further evidence Granik is one of the most talented directors around - and Ben Foster ranks among the finest and most intense actors working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 5, 2018
It speaks in hushed voices, makes few fast moves and requires the viewer to infer a lot about its characters - and also to fear for their safety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 5, 2018
It doesn't take long for "Leave No Trace" to tell you that it's a well written, low-key, adult story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 5, 2018
Granik is one of the most distinctive filmmaking voices we have; I'd love to see her make more features but I'm also glad she takes the time to do them right.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 5, 2018
"Leave No Trace" isn't a popcorn flick, but serious film buffs will find much to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 3, 2018
Foster and McKenzie are almost symbiotic here, with the young actress, a native of New Zealand, delivering a startlingly confident performance that is, by every measure, the equal of Foster's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 30, 2018
Debra Granik's drama about a damaged war vet (Ben Foster) living off the grid with his teen daughter, brilliantly played by breakout star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, is hypnotic, haunting and one of the year's best
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2018
Fiercely involving in a way we're not used to, made with sensitivity and honesty.
June 29, 2018
Whether this insular relationship can survive in the larger world is the source of such consistent, compelling tension that you do not notice until this close-to-two-hour film is nearly over that it contains almost no exposition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2018
It's clear from watching "Leave No Trace" that these are people, and this is a story, that Granik cares deeply about. It's rarer than you think to watch a movie in which this is the case.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 29, 2018
An immensely moving portrait of a father and daughter who love each other, and who can't bear to be apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 28, 2018
The director, Debra Granik, made a stunning feature eight years ago: "Winter's Bone,"... Here's another stunner, and another revelation in the calmly radiant person of Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.
June 28, 2018
Leave No Trace is a gorgeous story about adolescence, about basic human kindness, about separation and reconciliation, about the limits of what parents can teach their kids.
June 28, 2018
Debra Granik has a gift for cinematic spaces that are vibrantly, palpably alive, and for putting you in places, whether modest homes or the great outdoors, that make you feel as if you're standing right alongside her characters.
June 28, 2018
This gentle, miracle of a film is almost an antidote to Matt Ross' "Captain Fantastic," which explores similar themes in a comparatively showy, crude fashion.
June 28, 2018
The movie shines a gentle but insistent light on America's underclass and walking wounded, the people in the cracks just getting by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2018
"Leave No Trace" is a beautiful film, heartbreaking in the self-awareness - both existing and burgeoning - of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 28, 2018
Unlike Sean Penn's 'Into the Wild', which also explores the quiet radicalism of disappearing off the grid, there's no big emotional swells here. 'Leave No Trace' is a more hushed, contemplative movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
June 27, 2018
It sneaks up on you, then leaves you in paralyzed shock.
June 26, 2018
Granik doesn't spell out the connection between these characters. She doesn't have to. You feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 26, 2018
When civilization feels threatened, starting over in the woods seems not only appealing, but maybe even necessary. Especially when seen though Granik's discerning eye. How lucky we are to have her work.
| Original Score: 4/4
June 26, 2018
Harrowing and enthralling in equal measures, it's a challenging and rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 26, 2018
Their journey from here may not be all that surprising, but it's a testament to the actors and director that it remains riveting throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 25, 2018
"Leave No Trace" should, by rights, be dull... Yet the movie's patient progress is driven and tensed, and you feel that, at every turn in the path, something could go badly astray.
June 20, 2018
Granik is a strikingly observational director, and she takes great care to avoid leading viewers in any direction.
June 20, 2018
The heart of Leave No Trace is the rapport between the father and daughter, and McKenzie and Foster are keyed to each other's movements, perhaps even each other's thoughts.
June 18, 2018
Minimalistic, deliberate and largely silent, "Leave No Trace" clings to each word like an endangered species. It demands patience from the audience, but that patience is richly rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
January 25, 2018
As a depiction of a certain corner of American life, Leave No Trace is vivid and true.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 23, 2018
Once again, Granik introduces us to a kind of family that cinema rarely captures believably, and she does so with a style that's both lyrical and realistic at the same time, anchored by a pair of unforgettable performances.
January 22, 2018
It might not have the genre elements that helped make Winter's Bone something of a breakout, but Leave No Trace rivets and terrifies in its own way.
January 22, 2018
The film is consistently at its best when it's attuned to a quiet sense of harmony between all things.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 22, 2018
For fans of the director's "Winter's Bone"... this unconventional family portrait shares many qualities with the 2010 film, including profound empathy for backwoods characters and the discovery of yet another young talent in Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.
January 22, 2018
An absorbing, delicately directed and acted father-daughter drama.