The United States of Leland Synopsis
A man's experience in a juvenal detention center juxtaposed with his tumultuous family life.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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"...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Uneven drama that's too intense for kids.
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