Tickling Leo
Tickling Leo (2009)

In the days before Yom Kippur (aka the Day of Atonement), Zak Pikler takes his pregnant girlfriend, Delphina, to find his estranged father in the family drama Tickling Leo, written and directed by Jeremy Davidson. When they reach the… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 4, 2009
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Although strongly acted and deeply felt, writer-director Jeremy Davidson's arcanely titled Tickling Leo is too theatrically conceived and diffusely told to satisfy its lofty aspirations.

Full review…
Doris Toumarkine
Hollywood Reporter

Director Davidson still shines with this modest production.

Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The Holocaust new wave continues with Tickling Leo, this time drawing on a little-known historical footnote as the haunted backdrop for an otherwise tepid contemporary drama.

Full review…
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Director Jeremy Davidson's father-son tale is refreshingly edgy and well-acted, but painfully obvious in almost every other way.

Full review…
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Briefly in theaters now, Tickling Leo -- the title makes little sense -- will undoubtedly disappear quickly, only to have a faltering second life at small film festivals. You'll miss little if you pass it by.

Full review…
Paul Brenner

less an integrated film project than a collection of actors' audition tapes, high energy exercises that look impressive individually but compiled together in a film are nothing short of ridiculous.

Full review…
Stephen Holden
New York Times

The film's rich performances, in which every shade of every character's emotions registers, can go only so far to camouflage the glaring lapses in a drama that often confuses hints and allusions with coherent storytelling.

John Anderson

[Pressman's] performance ... as the increasingly demented poet and Holocaust survivor Warren Pikler, gives us the man Warren was, is and will be. It isn't easy, but like a long line drive, it's a great thing to watch.

Full review…
Cole Smithey

Ostensibly about Holocaust guilt, writer/director Jeremy Davidson's poorly scripted, filmed, and executed drama plays out like an unfinished low budget soap opera.

Full review…
More reviews for Tickling Leo