Leaves of Grass Reviews

  • The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition. And for that I dig it, even if Leaves of Grass has the habit of swerving and sometimes lurching from tone to tone.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mr. Norton is a pleasure to watch, and so is everyone else.

    Neil Genzlinger — New York Times

  • The movie is a showcase for digital technology and for Norton's virtuosity, but I wish it weren't such a weightless shambles.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass is some kind of sweet, wacky masterpiece. It takes all sorts of risks, including a dual role with Edward Norton playing twin brothers, and it pulls them off.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's just another oblique backfire from Tim Blake Nelson, whose work as a writer-director in general wallows in a bog of mediocrity.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • One Edward Norton performance is often enough reason to see a movie, so it comes as no surprise that the prospect of two -- he plays twins -- is very much the main attraction, and reward, of Leaves of Grass.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • As a writer-director, Nelson keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace, and never condescends to his articulate redneck characters.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • I could only bear 35 minutes, and I haven't walked out of anything since 'You, Me and Dupree.'

    Brandon Judell — indieWIRE

  • The mirror image gag is one of the oldest in the book, and yet, if done well, it never really gets old.

    Karina Longworth — indieWIRE

  • An identical twins comic crime drama goes seriously wrong.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • An offbeat thriller that is deepened -- rather than derailed -- by its tricky shift from darkly funny to just plain dark.

    Gary Goldstein — Los Angeles Times

  • Maybe too small-scale to be anything truly special, but an original and witty film that both surprises and entertains.

    James Luxford — The National

  • Essentially Deliverance cross-bred with A History of Violence...Leaves of Grass is a peculiar rural yarn and a sweet, assured examination of lost innocence and brotherhood that succeeds largely because of Norton's multi-faceted performance.

    Shaun Munro — What Culture

  • This is a very personal film from Nelson that is jam packed with ideas and heavily influenced by the Coen Brothers...

    Laura Clifford — Reeling Reviews

  • The DVD extras give the film a boost with a well done "making-of?" featurette and a commentary of the film by director Nelson, star Norton and producer William Migliore.

    Robin Clifford — Reeling Reviews

  • It's a jarringly realistic hybrid that echoes the more surreal aspects of real, rural life, and Norton walks/ambles through it all, sporting dueling personalities and distinct accents, but one very serious heart.

    Marc Savlov — Austin Chronicle

  • Many cliches in uneven and odd mix of guffaws and philosophical analysis. . .[C]onsiderable violence surprisingly erupts...[M]ost fun is watching Norton interact with Norton.

    Nora Lee Mandel — Film-Forward.com

  • Suffice to say that Blake Nelson doesn't have the visual gifts of his Minnesotan mentors, leaving us undistracted by surface flair and fully focused on his cartoonish characters and ragged, oddly callow script.

    Eric Hynes — Movieline

  • ... through it all, the two performances by Edward Norton feel natural, relaxed, utterly unlike a gimmick.

    Drew McWeeny — HitFix

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