Reviews

Jan 31, 2021
A sensitive and intimate portrayal of their time together, a love story that only spanned a handful of years but resonated for decades.
Oct 15, 2020
This latest documentary by Nick Broomfield (who knew Ihlen) is meant to be a love story, and it sorta is. But it's the kind of one-sided love story that you wouldn't really wish on anyone.
Jul 21, 2020
A deeply moving account of a love story for the ages.
May 14, 2020
If you are happy to embrace the myth, then you may find yourself quite moved by this film. But, if you were hoping for something a bit more clear-eyed and truthful, you may be as underwhelmed as I was.
May 13, 2020
Perhaps more interesting is the inevitable portrait of the musician. [Full Review in Spanish]
Apr 24, 2020
If image and words can't get beyond the surface, what can?
Mar 27, 2020
Poignant, drug-heavy music doc celebrates the power of love.
Jan 17, 2020
Broomfield may care about [Marianne Ihlen], but his film just cares about the manic pixie dream girl with flowers in her hair.
Jan 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.
Dec 17, 2019
The home video footage of the young couple on Hydra, and of Cohen elsewhere, is fascinating to watch.
Dec 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.
Nov 22, 2019
...poignant and moving...
Oct 1, 2019
Let's just call it "Leonard & Marianne," because it's just mostly about him.
Sep 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.
Aug 14, 2019
Marianne & Leonard feels too much like a bunch of people speculating about what their friends' diary says.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 7, 2019
Neither an enlightening account of the eponymous affair nor a comprehensive portrait of the artist as a continually evolving man.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.