Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 23, 2011
    91
    Never to be confused for the rom-com starring Amy Adams - though that would be the mother of all video-store mix-ups - Leap Year lets actions speak louder than words, and the actions here are shockingly explicit.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 24, 2011
    90
    A gripping, mysterious use of no-budget cinema at its finest, and an intimate character study with surprising emotional power.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 15, 2011
    75
    Nothing about Leap Year plays out exactly like you expect, and Rowe prefers to send you home with enigmatic questions instead of clear-cut answers. You may not fully understand Laura, but chances are you won't be able to forget her.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jun 24, 2011
    75
    Don't get the wrong idea -- to Rowe's credit, this isn't just a movie about sex. It's a compassionate study of human loneliness. Whatever you do, don't confuse this with the Hollywood rom-com of the same name.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 21, 2011
    75
    Leap Year is a story of survival, and its poised aesthetic is remarkably keyed to its main character's shell-like behavior.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Jun 30, 2011
    70
    Might be too much for some audiences, but it is a potent and surprising work.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Jun 29, 2011
    70
    A tough psychological drama, it may stretch some audience sensibilities.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 21, 2011
    70
    There are trifling signs of freshmanship, but also a steady observant eye, and in the end Leap Year bears heartbreaking witness to hopeless depression, isolation, and the failure of sex as few movies ever have.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 24, 2011
    60
    Making sadomasochism appear less erotic than stamp collecting, Leap Year is a slow flare of emotional agony.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 24, 2011
    60
    A far cry from 2010's shallow rom-com of the same name, this Leap Year is a haunting portrait of loneliness in its starkest state.
  11. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    Jun 21, 2011
    60
    Aussie migrant Rowe has an acute eye for the emotional badlands travelled by Lopez's struggling journo. A tough but humane and affecting watch.
  12. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 21, 2011
    60
    For those who can't handle graphic scenes of golden showers and cigarettes ground into bare breasts, Leap Year will feel more like a blind leap into the void of art-house cinema du extreme, South of the Border division, than a portrait of urban ennui.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 23, 2014
    9
    A weirdly entertaining little film that doesn't exactly have a very strong nor understandable story, but it is just quick enough to appreciateA weirdly entertaining little film that doesn't exactly have a very strong nor understandable story, but it is just quick enough to appreciate the bizarre behavior and graphic, intense sex scenes. Full Review »