Leatherheads

User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 43
  2. Negative: 10 out of 43
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  1. emmylou
    Apr 8, 2008
    6
    Filmed in golden hues of nostalgia, this movie clearly conveys the creators' affection for the era (whether in America or in American filmmaking is up to you). Strangely, I didn't feel much love for football--the ostensible subject of the film. Since I'm not much of a football fan this wouldn't have mattered to me except for the fact that not much else was on offer. Filmed in golden hues of nostalgia, this movie clearly conveys the creators' affection for the era (whether in America or in American filmmaking is up to you). Strangely, I didn't feel much love for football--the ostensible subject of the film. Since I'm not much of a football fan this wouldn't have mattered to me except for the fact that not much else was on offer. The romance doesn't excite, the moral message is more interesting but still not passionate, and the comedy doesn't really happen. I wanted to like Leatherheads more than I could - as I left I had to admit I had not been moved to laugh, commiserate or contemplate. Expand
  2. HalB.
    Apr 4, 2008
    6
    After a promising start, the movie fades to a lackluster finish. As other reviews have noted, Clooney seemingly can't decide whether to present the tale as a mad-cap comedy, a old-fashioned romance, or a morality tale... The actors are all game, and there are some nice scenes between the leads... but the overall effect is oddly 'off'. And it just runs out of steam towards After a promising start, the movie fades to a lackluster finish. As other reviews have noted, Clooney seemingly can't decide whether to present the tale as a mad-cap comedy, a old-fashioned romance, or a morality tale... The actors are all game, and there are some nice scenes between the leads... but the overall effect is oddly 'off'. And it just runs out of steam towards the end, with a climactic football game that is about as boring as they come. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Apr 9, 2008
    4
    Never mind Rosalind Russell in Howard Hawks' "His Girl Friday", there's Jennifer Jason Leigh's canny tribute to the motormouthed Russell in Joel & Ethan Coen's underrated "The Hudsucker Proxy" to contend with, and Renee Zellweger simply doesn't measure up. To be fair, not even Leigh, with all that screwball sorcery she conjured as a newspaper woman("I'll Never mind Rosalind Russell in Howard Hawks' "His Girl Friday", there's Jennifer Jason Leigh's canny tribute to the motormouthed Russell in Joel & Ethan Coen's underrated "The Hudsucker Proxy" to contend with, and Renee Zellweger simply doesn't measure up. To be fair, not even Leigh, with all that screwball sorcery she conjured as a newspaper woman("I'll stake my Pulitzer on it!") in the 1994 film starring Tim Robbins and Paul Newman, could spin gold out of this canned script. Especially when Zelwegger is opposite the filmmaker, whose direction to his leading lady and to himself should've been, "Faster banter, kill! kill!" because the laughs are nearly nil. Journalistic integrity(or careerism) is the crux of "Leatherheads", in which Lexie Littleton(Zellweger) has to choose between the truth about a football hero's alleged derring-do for the war effort, and perpetuating the myth as the newspaper man did in John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"("When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.") Hmmm. Jessica Lynch, anybody? Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, if you recall, had in his possession, nude photos of the Iraqi war hero. If you go by the film's logic, that the public has a right to know, then by all means, the pornographer should expose the exposed. Muckracking, or proto-tabloid journalism, that's what "Leatherheads" frames its attempt at screwball comedy around. Expand
  4. SheilaM.
    Apr 15, 2008
    5
    I like both the stars, Clooney and Zellweger, but the script did not serve them well. It put my husband (an incredible football fan) and me to sleep! Very disappointing! I can not imagine using such terrific actors in a movie with great potential and a lacklustre script.
  5. Jan 20, 2012
    5
    George Clooney gives his all to make this an old fashioned romp and a good time. However, Kranski is to inexperienced to pull of his role and Zellweger is toxic in hers. In the end it's not good, bad, funny or sad. It's just boring.
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 67
    Too much of Leatherheads feels like studied motions, and its charms never plaster over a story that takes forever to get going, and doesn't go too far once it does.
  2. Sidelined by a script that plays like an imitation of another era’s artifacts. It’s an oxymoron: a mild screwball romance.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    There's a flatness about the whole enterprise -- like drinking champagne, but from an old house slipper. Re: his performance, Clooney is terrific. His comparison to old movie stars is not just hype. He really does possess the combination of supreme confidence and humility that has been the hallmark of the biggest male Hollywood stars.