Leonor Will Never Die

critic Reviews

, 91% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A delightfully unique tribute to the transporting power of cinema, Leonor Will Never Die marks director/co-writer Martika Ramirez Escobar as a talent to watch.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Playful yet philosophical, Escobar’s clever and touching feature sneaks up on you, revealing far deeper, more complex intentions than you’d suspect.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    As “Leonor Will Never Die” parties to its close, Escobar reminds us that while life is unerringly finite, cinema is the complicated, messy, riotous love affair that never has to end.
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    Steve DavisAustin Chronicle
    Although its ambitions often exceed its reach, the meta-mad Filipino film Leonor Will Never Die bursts with imaginative impulses, scoring slightly more hits than misses.
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    Carlos AguilarRogerEbert.com
    [An] endlessly imaginative delight.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Simon AbramsTheWrap
    The ending feels like a capitulation to the meta-limits of Escobar’s story. Leonor says goodbye on her own terms, but it doesn’t feel like a meaningful conclusion to her work or her life, just another rote tribute to the magic of the movies.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Defiantly gray-haired and wrapped in shapeless floral frocks, [Franciso] makes Leonor a touchingly adamant heroine, one whose playfulness masks her need to mourn her lost child and vanished career.
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    Ali ArkaniFilm Threat
    …engaging world-building, impressive visual style...
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    Laura CliffordReeling Reviews
    that doesn’t mean Leonor’s script is very good and despite Francisco’s charm, the film is an exercise in tedium which devolves into a meaningless meta musical number as it completely runs out of gas.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    This wild ride of a Filipino meta-comedy is audacious and heartfelt, but its thin premise lacks sufficient emotional depth to sustain itself at feature length.
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    Soham GadreThe Film Stage
    Leonor plays with interesting blends of reality and fiction, borrowing from Filipino action influences to create a potent concoction of how inspiration might strike a writer’s creative impulses.
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