Leonie
Leonie (2013)

In the lush tradition of the glorious films of Merchant and Ivory, comes the true life story of Leonie Gilmour (Emily Mortimer), whose life crossed continents, wars and cultures, embodied with courage and passion in search of art and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 14, 2013
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

It hits all the expected beats of a thoroughly vanilla biopic as an aging Leonie reflects on her unconventional life via plodding voiceover while doddering through a forest collecting berries.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Lushly photographed and featuring a stellar performance by the luminous Emily Mortimer in the title role, Hisako Matsui's film is deeply heartfelt but only intermittently compelling.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie is more enjoyable when pictures rather than words do the talking. Mortimer is wonderful, but her speeches are less memorable than the simple shots of Japanese flowers, fields and homes that Matsui uses as artistic grout to connect scenes.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

As a portrait of female strength and a celebration of the artistic spirit, "Leonie" too seldom comes fully alive.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Leonie Gilmour was almost certainly unusual and unusually self-reliant. Too bad that the film that bears her name ultimately reduces her to the mother of her child.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

Though Leonie is slow at times, it highlights a little-known historical figure in a manner that is emotionally and intellectually satisfying.

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John Anderson
Variety

Failing to carve anything graceful or fluid out of a slab of biography, helmer Hisako Matsui does bring to light a curious and intriguing story of a great-woman-behind-a-great-man in Leonie.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Color it inspirational.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Despite some nice period elements, it's a mostly sparkle-free affair, sticking so closely to the genre blueprint as to be generic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In 1901, Leonie Gilmour(Emily Mortimer) is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr University where she made some friends for life and was patronized by any number of… More