Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Critics Consensus

It suffers from a somewhat one-sided approach, but Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is an absorbing glimpse of a fascinating chapter of its subjects' lives.

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Total Count: 102

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Verified Ratings: 47
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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield's most personal and romantic film of his storied career. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960's bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.

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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (21)

  • [A]n enlightening documentary about the creative process and the nature of the artistic spirit.

    Aug 1, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Oh, this is just lovely.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Footage of Marianne on her deathbed, listening to a tender message from Cohen, leaves one all of a pleasant ache. The pair were haplessly toxic. Warm and sexy, they were also united by their love of words to the end.

    Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Nick Broomfield's riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story.

    Jul 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With a softened lens, British documentarian Nick Broomfield adoringly examines a fascinating relationship in a fascinating time that saw Cohen transition from a poet to a world-class songwriter.

    Jul 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is an insider's fascinating meditation on the nature of genius and stardom and the toll they take on the naively optimistic.

    Jul 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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