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The United States of Leland Reviews

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April 2, 2004
A moral muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2004
Ambitious but flawed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2004
Watching it is the equivalent of listening to two hours of whiny, pretentious emo.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 9, 2004
The entire film is like that -- moments of good actors giving halfhearted performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 2, 2004
Unbearably pretentious.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
March 30, 2004
The narrative merely brushes up against the issues, surrounding them with stagy performances and melodramatic results.
| Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2004
...plays like a cross between the truthfulness of edgy Cheadle-starrer Manic crossed with the contrived bathos of the glossier The Safety of Objects.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 17, 2004
A muddled and uninteresting psychological melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 30, 2004
The movie's idiotic fascination with the senselessness of its central act is scarily close to a fetish.
April 1, 2004
In spite of an exceptionally fine cast, this melodrama of suburban adolescent dysfunction never rises to the level of its literary ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 1, 2004
There's a reason filmmaking is considered a craft, and Hoge, a former teacher in a juvenile prison, cannot pull off what would be a tricky proposition for a skilled veteran.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 2, 2004
Kevin Spacey has only a supporting role in The United States of Leland, but this troubled-youth melodrama -- which he produced -- is very much of a piece with the phony, pretentious and preachy flicks Spacey has starred in of late.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 2, 2004
There's something secondhand about everything here. Hoge seems to be mimicking the tone and fabric of other, better indie movies.
April 8, 2004
Leland is nothing if not well meant and sincere. Unfortunately, it's also pretentious, overwritten, derivative.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 8, 2004
A depressive, civics-lesson Donnie Darko variation.
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
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?
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 1, 2004
The movie goes back and forth between being melodramatic and genuinely moving
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2005
Kevin Spacey, who produced the film, is wasted in completely unnecessary role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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