Diane’s upcoming film, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy made it’s world premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend. The film closed the annual festival with the film’s stars, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern hitting the red carpet. Take a look below at what the critic’s early reviews are saying about the project:
The Hollywood Reporter – A lot more than heart is lacking in the plodding, psychologically anemic script Kelly co-wrote with Savannah Knoop, based on her memoir about being drawn into the scandal that fooled book critics and readers alike in the early 2000s. 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.
Slash Films – Dern and Stewart are so inspiring together that it’s a damn shame the rest of the film can’t match them. I kept waiting for Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy to pick up as it unfolded; to settle into the right groove. It never happened. Instead, Dern and Stewart are forced to carry the entire film on their shoulders. Kruger is quite good as Eva, although at times the character trips into parody mode. Jim Sturgess gets lost in the shuffle as Savannah’s brother/Laura’s husband. And Courtney Love makes a brief impression in an extended cameo as a film producer. But really, this is Dern and Stewart’s show. Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy is worth seeing for them alone. Pity the rest of the film comes up short.
The Film Stage – Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy is less concerned in issues of authorship and authenticity than Author was, and that’s a key distinction. Instead, this film works to establish a real emotional link between Savannah, Laura, and the audience. The hugely talented Kelly nails it. Yet the aforementioned air of over-familiarity is impossible to overcome. It keeps Jeremiah from ever approaching greatness, but while the film may not count as a complete success, the performances are worthy of great praise.
The Playlist – his alluring story is given a rather standard treatment from director Kelly. Feeling stilted and steeped in uninspired biopic tropes, Kelly’s film never comes close to an inventiveness worthy of JT’s imaginative, outrageous story. “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” barely justifies its existence, and if you already know the basics of this tall tale, it’s not at all exciting to watch.