Lean on Pete (2018)
Critic Consensus: Lean on Pete avoids mawkish melodrama, offering an empathetic yet clear-eyed portrayal of a young man at a crossroads that confirms Charley Plummer as a major talent.
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Critic Reviews for Lean on Pete
This is a film that succeeds in holding all its elements in balance - and in doing so, arrives at a depth of feeling that isn't commonplace at all.
Haigh's new film has the substance and emotional heft to be considered a masterpiece.
Plummer gives an excellent performance: watchful, sensitive, delicate and yet possessed of a survivor's impassive quality.
In the second half of the film, the improbabilities mount and sentimentality creeps in. This, though, is still powerful and poignant filmmaking.
Lean on Pete can feel like Dickens, under a starry and menacing American sky.
Audience Reviews for Lean on Pete
Steering away from any possible attempt at sentimentality, this is an always mature and down-to-earth coming-of-age drama that relies on an impressive performance by Charlie Plummer to tell us the heartbreaking hardships endured by a poor young man in an unforgiving country.
A story about a boy and a horse could easily become overly sentimental, but "Lean on Pete" doesn't go there. It's more unusual. More truthful. Director Andrew Haigh's ability to engage the viewer in these naturalistic settings and the way in which his actors, especially lead Charlie Plummer as well as Travis Fimmel, make us feel committed, not just invested, but committed to to this world and their journey is almost indescribable. "Lean on Pete" is both extremely cruel and unforgiving and kind and beautiful all at the same time. Like I said, it's truthful; even to the extent it utilizes Selena Gomez and R. Kelly songs in the most authentic ways they could be.
Haigh takes what could easily have been a saccharine and emotionally manipulative story and makes something more honest. This allows the movie to earn it's most powerful moments.
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