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

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 4, 2009
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jason Bailey

So earnest and likable, you want to just give it a pat on the head and send it on its way. Unfortunately, it's just not terribly compelling.

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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.

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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.

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