A New Leaf
A New Leaf (1971)

Elaine May wrote and directed (credits May attempted to have removed after the studio made extensive cuts in the film) this dark and funny comedy about marriage, murder, and money. May also stars as Henrietta, a shy and clumsy wallflower,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 11, 1971
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2014
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Reveals the essence of marital love more brutally than many confrontational melodramas.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Henry's attempted seduction of Henrietta is a masterpiece of slow-burn hilarity - just wait till you hear the way Matthau rolls his tongue around the horrors of 'Mogen David's extra heavy Malaga wine... with lime juice'.

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Fernando F. Croce

Elaine May's directorial debut, a beautifully refined exposition of screwball comedy's brackish side

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Calum Marsh
Village Voice

A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies.

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Josh Larsen

A screwball-oddball comedy that deserves far more attention than it gets...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

May's brand of humor is beyond deadpan, and you may find yourself laughing long after the fact, even if you're not laughing in the moment.

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

Matthau and May are the main reason to watch this film, as they make the most of every scene with nuanced mannerisms and reactions. Compared to today's comedies, this one feels less contrived and more leisurely paced.

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

It's great fun to watch Walter Matthau play against type as a spoilt trust fund kid, but it's the versatile and inventive May that he (and the audience) fall for.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Very funny in patches.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Alec Barniskis
Its a shame we never have and probably never will see May's original three hour cut because as wonderfully weird and funny as the current version is, the… More