Leaves of Grass
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When Ivy League classics professor Bill Kincaid receives news of the murder of his estranged identical twin brother, Brady in a pot deal gone bad, he leaves the world of Northeastern academia to travel back to his home state of Oklahoma. Upon arrival, he finds that reports of his brother's death are greatly exaggerated, and he's soon caught up in the dangerous and unpredictable world of drug commerce in the backwaters of the Southwest. In the process, he reconnects with his eccentric mother, meets a wise and educated young woman who has bypassed academia in favor of the gentler rhythms… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An offbeat thriller that is deepened -- rather than derailed -- by its tricky shift from darkly funny to just plain dark."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It's not the violence itself that bothers me, it's just that it completely destroys the tone of the movie."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"really unbalanced"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Essentially Deliverance cross-bred with A History of Violence...Leaves of Grass is a peculiar rural yarn and a sweet, assured examination of lost innocence and brotherhood that succeeds largely because of Norton's multi-faceted performance."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"It's a jarringly realistic hybrid that echoes the more surreal aspects of real, rural life, and Norton walks/ambles through it all, sporting dueling personalities and distinct accents, but one very serious heart."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"As a writer-director, Nelson keeps the laughs coming at a steady pace, and never condescends to his articulate redneck characters."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"You could get whiplash from his movie's mood swings."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"I could only bear 35 minutes, and I haven't walked out of anything since 'You, Me and Dupree.'"
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"This is a very personal film from Nelson that is jam packed with ideas and heavily influenced by the Coen Brothers..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Many clichés in uneven and odd mix of guffaws and philosophical analysis. . .[C]onsiderable violence surprisingly erupts...[M]ost fun is watching Norton interact with Norton."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Mr. Norton is a pleasure to watch, and so is everyone else."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The movie bubbles with intellectual curiosity and narrative ambition. And for that I dig it, even if Leaves of Grass has the habit of swerving and sometimes lurching from tone to tone."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Maybe too small-scale to be anything truly special, but an original and witty film that both surprises and entertains."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"The DVD extras give the film a boost with a well done "making-of?" featurette and a commentary of the film by director Nelson, star Norton and producer William Migliore."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Suffice to say that Blake Nelson doesn't have the visual gifts of his Minnesotan mentors, leaving us undistracted by surface flair and fully focused on his cartoonish characters and ragged, oddly callow script."
‑ Eric Hynes, Movieline
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