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  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    As bad as its title. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A tale of disaffection, devastation and epiphanies of the catastrophic kind. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A complex and often compelling melodrama, at times almost verging on soap opera. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

  • 38
    Peter Debruge Premiere

    Absence of motive makes the movie provocative; the explanation renders it irrelevant and defuses any interesting debate the film might have inspired. show more

  • 38
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    This bomb, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, belongs in the same remainder bin as Spacey's "Pay It Forward," "K-Pax" and "The Life of David Gale." show more

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