Leaves of Grass

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Some kind of sweet, wacky masterpiece.
  2. The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition.
  3. Writer/director Tim Blake Nelson manages a finely tuned balance that is rare in cinema. Moving from the far reaches of comedy to the nether regions of drama, he never skips a beat or sets the pitch too high.
  4. Part goofy drug comedy, part shocking bloodbath. It’s a riot of tones and genres, but unlike that other recent hybrid, "Pineapple Express," the parts add up to something larger.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 1, 2015
    5
    I don't know what's this. Is it some kind of showcase of the acting abilities of E. Norton? Or maybe even for some of the other actors?. ItI don't know what's this. Is it some kind of showcase of the acting abilities of E. Norton? Or maybe even for some of the other actors?. It sure feels like it to me. It starts well, but moment later - there is the cheapness and mediocrity. Then again follows a quality scene or whatever, just before another scene of acting ridiculousness. The quality of the performances and the script is all over the place. Also some of the dialog is a real drag, taking far longer than necessary.

    And what about the genre? Is this suppose to be a comedy? I don't think so, not even a hint of it. Also the "crime" classification is neither here nor there. There is a romance development, though, but it feels rather unnatural.

    To sum up: the acting is sub-par, the plot drags, the movie is neither funny nor a good crime story. 5 out of 10 as it is watchable, but only if you don't have absolutely nothing else to do.
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  2. Jun 13, 2014
    6
    Overall, "Leaves of Grass" is an ok film. Edward Norton is absolutely phenomenal as two very different twin brothers and, really, hisOverall, "Leaves of Grass" is an ok film. Edward Norton is absolutely phenomenal as two very different twin brothers and, really, his performance makes this film. Keri Russell and Tim Blake Nelson also had very good performances, though overshadowed by Norton. As a black comedy, the film is hit and miss. There are certainly moments where it is indeed comedic, but there are not enough of those moments. Rather, the film is overshadowed by its very odd second half. The first half is fine and should have set up the film to be pretty good. However, the second half became very dark and violent. This tonal shift from the first half was a bit much for me to bear and really ruined this one for me. There were still good moments in the second half, especially of the touching variety, but not enough to make me ok with what happened in that second half. As I mentioned, though the first half was significantly better and really did a great job developing the characters for later on in the film. However, this one is definitely more about the performances from the actors. Edward Norton makes this film a minor success. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2011
    10
    Every once in a while, a movie slips thru the cracks and ends up as a delightful surprise on cable. "Leaves of Grass" (currently on Showtime)Every once in a while, a movie slips thru the cracks and ends up as a delightful surprise on cable. "Leaves of Grass" (currently on Showtime) stars Edward Norton in a skillful turn as twins (one a classics professor, the other a redneck dealer). It was written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson (he also has a part) and is funny, sweet and shocking. Don't miss this minor masterpiece. Full Review »