Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy

Based on her own memoir, the true story of a young woman (Kristen Stewart) who fooled the world portraying fake literary persona JT LeRoy. Co-stars Laura Dern.

JT LeRoy caused a stir in the 1990s, a gifted teen author who won praise for his semi-autobiographical accounts of emotional and sexual abuse and drug use. But LeRoy was actually the creation of Laura Albert (Dern), a woman in her mid-30s who needed someone who could pass for the teenage boy in public. Enter her sister-in-law, Savannah Knoop (Stewart), who spent years masquerading as Albert's creation in front of an unaware world. 

2018Rating: M105 minsCanada, USA, UK
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy / Reviews

IndieWire

IndieWire

While technically a supporting character, Dern often steals the show, relishing the opportunity to shift between a trio of personalities to darkly comic effect. That's appropriate in a movie all about the perils of seeking attention.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

For a movie about what's going on under the elaborately staged surface, it's pretty much all surface, right down to its shallow observations about gender fluidity, queer identity and the creative freedom of the alternate persona.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Justin Kelly's low key directing choices allow the two very fine central performances to take centre stage.

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Variety

Variety

A capable film featuring superbly spiky performances...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

But where Dern and Stewart kick-start something worth exploring, the movie around them is pleased spectator instead of engaged participant.

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Vulture

Vulture

JT LeRoy isn't a bad movie, and with these actresses it's certainly worth seeing.

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Time Out

Time Out

A modern-day 'Cyrano de Bergerac' with a hefty dose of bonkers.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's a very forthright performance from Dern, but Stewart is simply too opaque and subdued in the role of Knoop.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

JT LeRoy is a decent telling of a fascinating, resonant true story. If it never really fulfils its promise, it's worth it to see two major talents - Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern - in full flow.

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The Times

The Times

The lifeless narrative rhythm, which quickly succumbs to a deadly causal trap (and then, and then, and then), doesn't help either.

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