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28th Nov 2023

Fans are in love with Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie

Simon Kelly

Adam Sandler Leo

It’s got a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Adam Sandler has been undergoing an acting renaissance of sorts over the past few years and it’s showing no signs of slowing down with his newest project.

With his starring role in the critically acclaimed and anxiety-inducing Uncut Gems, as well as the likes of The Meyerowitz Stories and the excellent sports drama Hustle, a lot of strings have been added to Sandler’s bow in recent years.

Now, his new flick Leo is receiving a huge amount of plaudits, and it’s something a little different than usual.

Leo is a new coming-of-age animated musical comedy about the last year of elementary school – as seen through the eyes of a class pet, 74-year-old lizard Leo (Sandler).

Viewers praise new Adam Sandler movie Leo

Released on Netflix on November 21, Leo is getting a lot of praise from viewers since it arrived on the streamer, gaining an astounding audience score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a very respectable 81% critic score.

Produced by Sandler’s company Happy Madison Productions, Bill Burr, Cecily Strong and Jason Alexander co-star, as well as Sandler’s daughters Sadie and Sunny, and his wife Jackie.

The areas of the film that are getting particular praise are its overall message and life lessons for younger audiences, as well as how it tows the line between humour and sentimentality.

Here are what some reviews are saying about Leo:

“Brightly animated and with moments of surprising insight, there’s a warm likability to Leo that radiates, for those still in the classroom and those who left it long ago.” – The Guardian.

“What makes Leo special are the kinds of lessons on offer. Its message is well-timed for a generation who find themselves held hostage by their parents’ anxieties and stand to inherit a world of problems.” – The Hollywood Reporter.

“Strikes just the right balance between heart and fart jokes.” – Variety.

“The film can’t decide if it wants to be truly bizarre, which is when it’s funniest, or simple and sweet, when it’s the most dramatically effective. These aren’t the worst problems for a movie to have…” – The Wrap.

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