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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

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United Kingdom · 2022
1h 37m
Director Sophie Hyde
Starring Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland, Les Mabaleka
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Nancy is a middle-aged widow who bemoans her lack of sexual experience, romance, and adventure. At the age of 55, she’s never truly experienced pleasure, and she sets out to change that by hiring a male escort. Leo Grande, a compassionate young sex worker, helps ease some of Nancy’s frustration.

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Variety by Amy Nicholson

McCormack is fantastic in a role so subtle it could appear flatlined and phony if people aren’t playing attention.


Slashfilm by Ben Pearson

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a spellbinding piece of filmmaking, an acting masterclass, a celebration of the written word, and a powerful cinematic plea for self-acceptance and self-love.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a touching little two-hander that does right by its title character even if the lion’s share of the conflict in this audience-friendly charmer hinges on Nancy’s seesawing relationship with herself.


TheWrap by Martin Tsai

It’s an intimately scaled film that still demands to be seen on the big screen; never once does it leave the impression that it would be best suited for a streaming platform. Hyde’s refined and attentive direction, Bryan Manson’s crystal clear cinematography, and Stephen Rennicks’ sparkling score have done wonders cultivating the sensual tone and texture.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Perhaps Good Luck to You, Leo Grande does not aspire to a piercingly profound analysis of sex and the human condition. It is, however, an amusing, compassionate and humane drama acted and directed with terrific panache.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Breaking down taboos around our attitudes to sex on screen is a laudable project, and one that the British two-hander Good Luck to You, Leo Grande gets at least half right.


The Playlist by Tomris Laffly

The most groundbreaking thing that Hyde and Brand pull off with “Leo Grande” isn’t merely an honest depiction of female sexuality — although that alone would have been enough to make their film a triumph. Rather, the duo goes further and observes an aging woman while she studiously unlearns her long-held beliefs and constraints.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

Despite a sterling effort from Thompson, neither the comedy nor the character arcs are fully satisfying.

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