63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A tale of disaffection, devastation and epiphanies of the catastrophic kind.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A complex and often compelling melodrama, at times almost verging on soap opera.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The screenplay aims high in terms of humanity and complexity, but director Hoge drains it of energy with listless meanderings that provide more yawns than insights.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
In his thoughtfully paced, well-acted film, Hoge doesn't set out to solve the "why" of Leland's ghastly crime. He's more interested in examining the reason why society needs to create and interpret a reason for horror.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I believe it is as cruel and senseless as the killings in "Elephant," but while that film was chillingly objective, this one seems to be on everybody's side. It's a moral muddle.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The United States of Leland has a resonance of "Elephant" without the visual poetry or structural sophistication, or "American Beauty" without the leavening comedy, but it's neither an insightful nor well-made film.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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38

Premiere

By Peter Debruge
Absence of motive makes the movie provocative; the explanation renders it irrelevant and defuses any interesting debate the film might have inspired.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
As bad as its title.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The United States of Leland is tedious yet infuriating, since its characters, all of whom seem to have emerged from a screenwriter's manual, are like exhibits in a thesis meant to indict the middle class for the crime of its collective dysfunction.
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37 out of 100
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