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The United States of Leland Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Uneven drama that's too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
May 4, 2009
"The United States Of Leland" deftly points out dilemmas in current American ideology that frequently escalate into tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very good film about the utter senselessness of murder...
Matthew Turner
July 5, 2005
Hoge seems to take delight in the fact that the film's conclusion is so frustratingly vague, whereas in fact it's both annoying and disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
June 29, 2005
Kevin Spacey, who produced the film, is wasted in completely unnecessary role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 28, 2005
Powerful and provocative--if perhaps a bit subdued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
... the ultimate result is like one of those college rock songs that hint at a depth that just isn't there.
| Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 17, 2004
A muddled and uninteresting psychological melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
What action there is in this movie takes forever to get going -- or maybe it just seems like forever because all of these characters are so unlikeable and unfathomable, and the dialogue between them is so trite and dumb.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
May 7, 2004
An exasperating film about teen violence and suburban dysfunction that wears its confusion like a badge of honor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 23, 2004
The drama makes us yearn to discover the reason Leland killed the boy, but the point of the movie isn't to grant us a big revealment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Mairs
April 22, 2004
It's tidy in all the least important ways, with all the questions that don't demand answers explained and all those that do left open.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 21, 2004
A melancholy alt-rock soundtrack tells us that wistful regret is the appropriate reaction to almost every scene...
| Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
April 19, 2004
What Gosling accomplishes as Leland cannot be overstated in its brilliance; he gives a face, a mind and a heart to today's doped-up, condemnable teens.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 18, 2004
People under 30 or those of a youthful mindset may see cracked reflections of their own lives in this morally intricate tale, but I can't help but think those of previous generations will wonder what all the fuss is about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 17, 2004
Hoge pours his heart and his considerable writing talent into this exploration of one of our time's most puzzling phenomena: juvenile violence.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 16, 2004
Waste of precious art-house space.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 16, 2004
An intriguing movie about how badly we really want to know the unknowable, what makes kids kill other kids.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 16, 2004
Hoge wastes an impressive cast in his self-important study of misery and murder in American suburbia.
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