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Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Leonie is a rich tapestry of cross-cultural revelations, released to the public at last, and a welcome addition to an otherwise dreary movie season. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    No matter how great her ambitions, no matter how little she was able to accomplish, thanks to the strictures of her time, here was a woman history remembers simply through the force of her personality and the simple courage it took to be ahead of her time. show more

  • 40
    Barbara VanDenburgh Arizona Republic

    It’s a juicy story squandered by the poor telling. It’s got all the trappings of a good ol’-fashioned Merchant Ivory pic — lush locales, exotic period trappings — but none of the soul. show more

  • 40
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    What Leonie is missing, however -- in its script, in its performances, really in everything about it -- is any hint of sparkle, any sort of compelling hook on which to hang its hat. show more

  • 50

    Played with a strong spine and a resolute lack of charm by Emily Mortimer, Gilmour is a perfect vehicle for Matsui’s agenda, which is clearly a feminist/revisionist celebration of the life of a major artist. show more

  • 40
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    Well-shot and sometimes briefly affecting, especially when Mortimer is given a scene that lasts longer then thirty seconds, the film moves too quickly for its many incidents to have much impact, and what limited power it builds is dissipated by mortifying narration. show more

  • 40
    Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times

    As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, Leonie too seldom comes fully alive. show more

  • 30
    Rachel Saltz The New York Times

    Leonie Gilmour was almost certainly unusual and unusually self-reliant. Too bad that the film that bears her name ultimately reduces her to the mother of her child. show more

  • August 01, 2011 carriepribb
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    When I looked at moviefone for info on this movie, it was very confusing!! it gave an explanation of a Japanese film directed by a Japanese director....also with the title Leonie. I knew that seemed strange as this one is a MADE IN MICHIGAN CATHOLIC MOVIE based on a true story of the life of Leonie Martin and her four sisters, one of them being St Therese...This was the \"red carpet premiere\" at the Emagine theater in Novi, MI., and is not showing at any other theater. It is a beautiful movie played out by amateur actors but very well done. The photography and the directing were great, and the out-takes at the end were very funny. It was very highly attended. With all the terrible summer movies that are out this year, this was most refreshing; I can only hope more of this type will come. God bless the cast and all the people that put this gem together.

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