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The United States of Leland Reviews

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April 16, 2004
Writer-director Matthew Ryan Hoge strands his cast... in a sea of emotional paralysis and Afterschool Special moralizing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 16, 2004
Exactly the sort of facile sociology that drives sensitive, intelligent souls like Leland bat****.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 15, 2004
A sidetracking subplot about Madison's adulterous fling with a co-worker goes nowhere; it is one of several unsatisfying, tertiary plot strands.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 11, 2004
If your audience is expected to grapple with how a seemingly sweet kid could commit murder, shouldn't "why make this film?" come with comparative ease?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 11, 2004
...the overabundance of periphery characters and their respective subplots winds up hurting the film more than anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2004
The entire film is like that -- moments of good actors giving halfhearted performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2004
Isn't it sad that a boy like this could feel so lost that he had to kill someone? Well, maybe. But isn't it sadder that someone's dead?
April 9, 2004
[Hoge] spends an awful lot of time trying to get us to understand Leland and almost none trying to get us to understand his victim.
April 9, 2004
It's neither an insightful nor well-made film.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 9, 2004
You know you're in trouble when the main question a movie raises is 'Which of these characters do I want to slap most?'
| Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2004
Besides being puffed up with its importance, it's also inert and totally implausible -- one of those movies where nobody behaves in a way that seems remotely human.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 9, 2004
A serial TV drama squirms and sighs inside U.S. of L.
April 9, 2004
It's ponderous and endless, and raised only two question in my mind: How many times can Kevin Spacey rehash the same performance? And is death the ultimate deadpan?
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 9, 2004
A frustrating and disturbing mishmash of vague philosophical noodling, which even the best-chosen cast can't imbue with zip.
April 9, 2004
The movie takes Leland's approach: What's the big deal?
April 9, 2004
The problem here is that, in telling his harrowing story, American filmmaker Matthew Ryan Hoge makes it so dry and pedantic that it feels like a doctoral thesis, not a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 9, 2004
It simply mopes along to one of those joyless alt-rock soundtracks that have thankfully started to fall out of fashion since the film was produced, leaving vague unpleasantness in its wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2004
A thoughtful, mature, daring work that looks beneath the surface of an awful act and asks questions few would ask.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 9, 2004
Ambitious but flawed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2004
A depressive, civics-lesson Donnie Darko variation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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