The United States of Leland
The United States of Leland (2004)

Produced by Kevin Spacey, The United States of Leland is a psychological drama concerning the aftereffects of a brutal murder. It's also the first big-studio theatrical release for writer/director Matthew Ryan Hoge, whose previous work… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 2, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The United States of Leland has its moments, but they're undermined by a muddled plot, unsympathetic characters, and frustratingly uneven performances.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

An intriguing movie about how badly we really want to know the unknowable, what makes kids kill other kids.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

It's neither an insightful nor well-made film.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Uneven drama that's too intense for kids.

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Houston Chronicle

A sidetracking subplot about Madison's adulterous fling with a co-worker goes nowhere; it is one of several unsatisfying, tertiary plot strands.

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Mike Ervin
Chicago Reader

[Hoge] spends an awful lot of time trying to get us to understand Leland and almost none trying to get us to understand his victim.

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Cole Smithey

"The United States Of Leland" deftly points out dilemmas in current American ideology that frequently escalate into tragedy.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Isn't it sad that a boy like this could feel so lost that he had to kill someone? Well, maybe. But isn't it sadder that someone's dead?

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Besides being puffed up with its importance, it's also inert and totally implausible -- one of those movies where nobody behaves in a way that seems remotely human.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very good film about the utter senselessness of murder...

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
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Cynthia S.
Ryan Gosling, and Don Cheadle, are fantastic in this interesting take about a teenager who commits a murder, but can't recall the crime. Gosling's… More
Leigh Ryan
Interesting movie. Sometimes hard to keep my attention on it, but it was alright.
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Dan Schultz
At times its a compelling movie. The main problem I had with it is that it doesn't know how to end and it doesn't really provide an explanation as to… More

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