'Leaves of Grass' Critic Reviews

67%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
61%
Rotten Tomatoes:   37 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Neil Genzlinger New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Mr. Norton is a pleasure to watch, and so is everyone else.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Leaves of Grass is part goofy drug comedy, part shocking bloodbath. It's a riot of tones and genres, but unlike that other recent hybrid, Pineapple Express, the parts add up to something larger.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie is a showcase for digital technology and for Norton's virtuosity, but I wish it weren't such a weightless shambles.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It's just another oblique backfire from Tim Blake Nelson, whose work as a writer-director in general wallows in a bog of mediocrity.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    As a writer-director, Nelson keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace, and never condescends to his articulate redneck characters.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brandon Judell indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    I could only bear 35 minutes, and I haven't walked out of anything since 'You, Me and Dupree.'
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Karina Longworth indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    The mirror image gag is one of the oldest in the book, and yet, if done well, it never really gets old.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An identical twins comic crime drama goes seriously wrong.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    An offbeat thriller that is deepened -- rather than derailed -- by its tricky shift from darkly funny to just plain dark.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Luxford The National
    80
    Maybe too small-scale to be anything truly special, but an original and witty film that both surprises and entertains.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Shaun Munro Obsessed With Film
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    67
    This is a very personal film from Nelson that is jam packed with ideas and heavily influenced by the Coen Brothers...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    59
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nora Lee Mandel Film-Forward.com
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric Hynes Movieline
    30
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Drew McWeeny HitFix
    ... through it all, the two performances by Edward Norton feel natural, relaxed, utterly unlike a gimmick.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Smith Tulsa World
    This is Tim Blake Nelson's affectionate and curious vision of his native Oklahoma, and what he sees makes for a uniquely restless, ribald motion picture.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ron Wilkinson Monsters and Critics
    80
    Emerging director Tim Blake Nelson takes another step up with this comedy drama starring Edward Norton in what might go down as Norton's best performance yet.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips At the Movies
    You could get whiplash from his movie's mood swings.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott At the Movies
    It's not the violence itself that bothers me, it's just that it completely destroys the tone of the movie.
    Full Review » 5 years ago