A New Leaf Reviews

February 12, 2020
The wistful, fierce integrity of these personalities, viewed with a detached amusement, allows the film to bypass the usual agenda of subjects (sex, the System, etc.) of current comedy... and lends a particular vivacity to the comic set-pieces.
January 8, 2019
A New Leaf that represents the more miraculous achievement in wresting from domestic torment a plausibly happy ending. Or rather, an ending that is realistic about the compromises required to be happy.
January 8, 2019
This character study should not be as funny as it is.
February 6, 2017
Reveals the essence of marital love more brutally than many confrontational melodramas.
December 13, 2013
A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies.
March 26, 2009
It's sophisticated and funny, adroitly put together for the most part.
January 26, 2006
Elaine May's directorial debut still makes for cherishable comedy viewing precisely because she eschewed the modish flash her former cabaret partner Mike Nichols brought to his movie-making.
May 9, 2005
The movie being shown at the Music Hall is so nutty and so funny, so happily reminiscent of the screwball comedies people aren't supposed to be able to make any more, I'm quite satisfied to let things stand.
October 23, 2004
One of the funniest movies of our unfunny age.
April 13, 2004
Blessed with a perpetual craggy hangdog, Matthau is May's perfect comic foil.
January 1, 2000
This is painful comedy, to be sure, but there's a lot of soul and spirit behind it.