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Leap Year Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Calling the Irish Anti-Defamation League... Read full review


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A conventional, sweet throwback to the classic Hollywood rom-com. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An uneven romantic comedy that feels as fresh as a hunk of week-old soda bread.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Where it should be light and graceful, Leap Year trips and thuds.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    We believe the dislike at the onset but not the romance at the payoff. And that's a major flaw.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Leap Year could have used more pizzazz.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a full-bore, PG-rated, sweet rom-com. It sticks to the track, makes all the scheduled stops and bears us triumphantly to the station. And it is populated by colorful characters, but then, when was the last time you saw a boring Irishman in a movie?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Tame but unimaginative romcom doesn't offer anything new.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this upbeat but shallow romcom hews closely to traditional Hollywood formulas. While there isn't much in the way of age-inappropriate content for older tweens and teens -- who may find the banter between stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode somewhat amusing -- the movie does tap into tired stereotypes about men, women, and romance. Adams' character is supposed to be seen as self-sufficient, but she ultimately comes off as yet another Hollywood female character who's just waiting for "the right one" to make everything right in her life. On the up side, language, sex, and violence are quite tame.

  • Families can talk about what the film is saying about love and committment. Why does Anna want to marry Jeremy? Is she actually in love, or is she just ready to make a commitment and he happens to be the one she's with? What does that say about relationships?
  • Is Anna a positive role model for women? Is she dependent on relationships for happiness, or is she truly self sufficient?
  • How does this movie compare to other Hollywood romantic comedies? Is it a genre that's difficult to reinvent? If so, why?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Although the movie makes the worthwhile point that women don't have to sit and wait for their boyfriends to propose -- that they're in command of their own destinies -- it still pretty much hews to Hollywood's standard boy-meets-girl, boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl, couple-is-reunited fairy-tale structure.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Anna is very self-sufficient, but she comes off as kind of brittle, as if she just needs the "right guy" to bring out her warmer side. Declan seems walled up -- like he's also waiting for the "right girl" to make him feel safe enough to take a chance on love.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A guy gets into a fight with three bruisers who steal a woman's luggage.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Three couples of various ages share stories about love and relationships; each tale ends with a kiss. A woman's naked silhouette is shown behind a shower curtain.

  • language false2

    Language: "Hell," "damn," "idiot" and "jackass" are about as rough as it gets. A couple of uses of "for God's sake."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Anna is label conscious, and much is made of her Louis Vuitton luggage.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A woman gets tipsy at a wedding reception; also social drinking at a pub, where one regular keels over from inebriation (it's played for humor -- but, parents, remind kids that getting drunk isn't funny!).