Leto Reviews

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October 17, 2019
What it lacks in discipline it makes up for with a whole lot of feelings. Pure, deep, preciously undefined feelings.
October 1, 2019
An incredibly imagined film.
August 16, 2019
Don't let the premise intimidate you.
August 14, 2019
A blaze of black-and-white with amped-up sound.
August 14, 2019
An earnest portrait of a little-known era in music history.
July 19, 2019
Shot splendidly in black and white, which underlines the somber atmosphere of the time, the movie lives in captivating images. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 16, 2019
Leto is built with visual silk and narrative power. [Full review in Spanish]
July 14, 2019
With an exquisite black and white photograph, Leto uses another edge in the repressive repertory of the Cold War. [Full review in Spanish]
July 13, 2019
Most rock biopics center on the excess, but given the events that take place in Leto, the film strikes a sharp bittersweet tone that places you in the atmosphere of underground rock in the '80s in Russia. [Full review in Spanish]
July 9, 2019
Perhaps, such a rebellious force as rock and roll in such a locked down society is interesting enough to make the film work, but the unique and fantasy elements that flourish throughout offer just enough to keep your attention and interest.
July 5, 2019
It's a playful, reality-bending conceit as well as an unexpectedly poignant one.
June 25, 2019
Its boundary-breaking musical numbers feel like the spirit of rebellious creativity embodied, and every frame exudes a joyous sense of freedom.
June 13, 2019
Filmed in black and white, Leto recovers with scenographic success the gray atmospheres of Leningrad. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 10, 2019
Leto is a gorgeous, endlessly charming romance drama that's part jukebox musical and part anthropological document. With revolution on the periphery, Leto is a superb picture.
June 10, 2019
...largely eschews overt politics in favor of moody nostalgia, playing more as a melancholy scrapbook of youth and longing.
June 8, 2019
A joyous celebration of the underground rock and roll scene in the early 80s that suggests the kind of love and solidarity that might break out once the Russian version of Trumpism is overthrown.
June 7, 2019
A confident sense of style and attitude propel this glimpse into the Leningrad rock scene in the early 1980s.
Top Critic
June 6, 2019
Leto feels like a dream of freedom, carried along on the New Wave sounds of David Bowie and Talking Heads, and full of yearning for the country to loosen up a bit.
June 6, 2019
Lovely artifact though this may be ... its appeal is narrow ... and its drama too much like the atmosphere of the shows it replicates. We want to dance, and instead can only sway.
June 6, 2019
Weaving a glancing love triangle into a poignant observation on the waxing and waning of creativity, Serebrennikov revels in radiant black-and-white scenes of urban grit.
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