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The United States of Leland Reviews

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December 29, 2010
Uneven drama that's too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
April 29, 2009
A very good film about the utter senselessness of murder...
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
June 28, 2005
Powerful and provocative--if perhaps a bit subdued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 29, 2005
... the ultimate result is like one of those college rock songs that hint at a depth that just isn't there.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
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.
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.
April 16, 2004
An intriguing movie about how badly we really want to know the unknowable, what makes kids kill other kids.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2004
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
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 8, 2004
The performances range from solid to excellent (Mr. Gosling and Mr. Donovan are among the standouts), and the ubiquitous teen angst is handled with a minimum of condescension.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 8, 2004
The strengths of Leland ... come from its performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 5, 2004
... really powerful stuff.
April 5, 2004
A film whose nuances glimmer with a diamond's brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2004
A shattering glimpse of the way a community reacts when the erratic killing of an innocent suddenly hits close to home...Deserverdly stands as one of the best films of 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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