Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Reviews

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March 27, 2020
Poignant, drug-heavy music doc celebrates the power of love.
January 17, 2020
Broomfield may care about [Marianne Ihlen], but his film just cares about the manic pixie dream girl with flowers in her hair.
January 6, 2020
This subject matter must have hit home hard for the prolific British documentary director Nick Broomfield; he too had a long personal history with Ehlen. Perhaps that's why there's an unusual emotional intensity to the film.
December 17, 2019
The home video footage of the young couple on Hydra, and of Cohen elsewhere, is fascinating to watch.
December 12, 2019
This film is different precisely because Broomfield was a long-time friend of Marianne. His heart is invested, which gives the film a welcome intimacy and warmth.
November 22, 2019
...poignant and moving...
October 1, 2019
Let's just call it "Leonard & Marianne," because it's just mostly about him.
September 9, 2019
Documentary demonstrates that Cohen, like so many male artists ... fit a pattern of an archetypal Jewish men's fantasy fulfillment. His muse was a blonde gentile goddess.
August 14, 2019
Marianne & Leonard feels too much like a bunch of people speculating about what their friends' diary says.
August 14, 2019
It's an uneven but affectionate portrait of two people who are drawn together, creating sparks and conflagrations whenever they came into contact.
August 9, 2019
In 1994, Cohen, always questing, entered Mt. Baldy Zen, a Buddhist monastery east of Los Angeles. He stayed there five years, then returned to music. He went back on tour in 2009, and gave Marianne front-row seats for his Oslo concert.
August 7, 2019
Neither an enlightening account of the eponymous affair nor a comprehensive portrait of the artist as a continually evolving man.
August 4, 2019
Never do we learn how it felt to be the woman to whom [Leonard] Cohen would say "so long" every night on stage.
August 3, 2019
The doc often veers from the relationship to focus on Cohen's career. It often feels unnecessary. At the same time, the film fails to make inroads on the central mystery.
August 2, 2019
There is often a shallow, tabloid feel to this biographical film.
August 2, 2019
Marianne & Leonard is a lovely, touching film that never dares to suggest that a relationship that didn't follow the conventional romantic template doesn't deserve as much respect as those that do.
August 2, 2019
Their story is compellingly told. Cohen's life is well-known but now at last, through Broomfield's wonderful film, Marianne too gets the recognition she so richly deserves.
August 1, 2019
[A]n enlightening documentary about the creative process and the nature of the artistic spirit.
August 1, 2019
Though the doc struggles to balance out and see the bigger picture, "Marianne & Leonard" could inspire folks - just like me - to dig deeper into who Mr. Cohen and his muse really were.
August 1, 2019
Mixed in with their story are a damaged child, a paradise lost and eye-popping tales of drug indulgence. Words of Love balances the romanticism with the reality.
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