Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Reviews

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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.
July 31, 2019
An air of melancholy hangs over "Marianne and Leonard." Their love story does not veer into tragedy, but it elicits a sadness that, at certain moments, overwhelms you.
July 30, 2019
Cohen did many wrong things, and one of the strengths of Broomfield's documentary is that it does not shy away from the dark side of hedonism and free love.
July 29, 2019
The film gives an intriguing glimpse of a bohemian creative community on the Greek island of Hydra and an affecting double portrait of two linked lives.
July 29, 2019
Broomfield's approach feels more intrusive than reflective, reducing the private story to public gossip.
July 29, 2019
Nick Broomfield's poignant but overlong documentary left me with two thoughts - that the drugs really don't work and that old age is not for cissies.
July 29, 2019
[A] quietly bewitching film about Cohen's lifelong on-off relationship with a Norwegian woman named Marianne Ihlen, who inspired his songs So Long, Marianne and Bird on the Wire.
July 28, 2019
There's an undeniable warmth and heart to Marianne & Leonard, but there's also a sense it could never have done this unusual, solemn bond justice.
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