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  • Summary: Bill, a classical philosophy professor at Brown University, returns home upon news of his brother Brady's murder in a drug deal gone awry. Bill quickly learns that Brady's death has been grossly exaggerated, as he’s swept up into one of his brother’s crazy schemes. Alongside his eccentricBill, a classical philosophy professor at Brown University, returns home upon news of his brother Brady's murder in a drug deal gone awry. Bill quickly learns that Brady's death has been grossly exaggerated, as he’s swept up into one of his brother’s crazy schemes. Alongside his eccentric mother and a beautiful woman named Janet, Bill participates in his brother’s wild plan, leading him on a twisted path filled with unique characters and life’s most challenging questions. (First Look Studios) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
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  1. 100
    Some kind of sweet, wacky masterpiece.
  2. The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition.
  3. Reviewed by: Barbara Goslawski
    70
    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. 50
    Don’t be misled by the title Leaves of Grass. Do not expect literacy, either. This stoner comedy has nothing whatsoever to do with Walt Whitman or poetry of any kind.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    A mixed bag of often mismatched ideas.
  6. 50
    His (Nelson) timing is off and his bullshit detector nonexistent. I don't much care for the Coens, but the sad truth is that their cynical nihilism is a lot less spurious than Nelson's earnest sentimentality.
  7. A dumb comedy out to prove its genre-defying smarts--the title is both an onscreen-supported reference to Walt Whitman and a wacky-tobaccy allusion--Leaves of Grass is a mostly mirthless affair; not even the sight of Edward Norton portraying twins tickles as it should.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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. Collapse
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    A Film Review By: Sam Fragoso


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  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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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