Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Reviews

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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.
August 1, 2019
[A]n enlightening documentary about the creative process and the nature of the artistic spirit.
July 27, 2019
Oh, this is just lovely.
July 26, 2019
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.
July 25, 2019
Nick Broomfield's riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story.
July 12, 2019
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.
July 11, 2019
This is an insider's fascinating meditation on the nature of genius and stardom and the toll they take on the naively optimistic.
July 10, 2019
Although there are many witnesses who sit down with Broomfield who help drive the story... it is Ihlen's melodic voice who lends a ghostly conscience to the film.
July 10, 2019
Achieving the kind of balance to which Cohen always aspired, "Marianne & Leonard" is heartbreaking and heartening in Zen-like equal measure.
July 9, 2019
What makes this film unmissable, however, is the fact that we get Marianne's story more or less in full as well.
Top Critic
July 5, 2019
Marianne Ihlen doesn't steer this moving, sympathetic, but ultimately frustrating tribute. Perhaps inevitably, Cohen does, via Broomfield's fascination with the singer's tortured relations with the many women he romanced.
July 5, 2019
(Nick) Broomfield has the personality to make his onscreen presence interesting even if you're not keen on meta-documentary.
July 5, 2019
Marianne and Leonard turns out to be a rather run-of-the-mill documentary about Cohen's journey, taking us down well-documented paths.
July 3, 2019
Words of Love fails to heed many of the lessons that he may have learned along the way.
July 3, 2019
While the title Marianne & Leonard sounds as if it's out to give the female half of a famous partnership equal time, it does something quite close to the opposite.
July 3, 2019
Love stories are like Tolstoy's unhappy families: no two of them are alike. But even given that, the relationship chronicled in "Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love" has a quality very much its own.
July 3, 2019
An impossibly heartfelt portrait of this woman, and her impossible relationship with a brilliant man.
February 9, 2019
It's an entertaining flashback to an always-diverting countercultural epoch, with a touching footnote of a semi-famous love story at its center.
February 5, 2019
It has a cumulative emotional power, especially if you love Cohen's work as much as I do.
February 4, 2019
A lovely illustration of the twists and turns of a complicated relationship that produced some of the gifted songwriter's most indelible songs.
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