Leo – Movie Review

Leo is a hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure.

Netflix’s latest animated gem is “Leo,” starring Adam Sandler. Sandler has delivered 70+ films for decades, from The Wedding Singer to Hotel Transylvania. This time, he takes on the role of Leo, a jaded 74-year-old lizard with a darkly humorous outlook on life. Set in a Florida classroom, his world revolves around his terrarium mate, a turtle voiced by the equally talented Bill Burr. As Leo discovers he has only a year left to live, the film unfolds into a coming-of-age tale seen through the eyes of a class pet.

One of the most charming aspects of “Leo” is its family affair.

Sandler enlists his own family members to voice many of the characters, with a focus on Leo and his terrarium companion, Squirty, voiced by Sandler and Burr, respectively. Sandler skillfully disguises his iconic voice, offering audiences a fresh take on his comedic delivery. While the movie initially unfolds at a somewhat leisurely pace, it quickly gains momentum as Leo becomes entangled in the lives of his anxious students, grappling with an impossibly mean substitute teacher. The plot truly hits its stride when Leo starts going home with students, revealing a heartwarming narrative that captivates viewers and keeps them glued to their couches.

“Leo” delivers a blend of wild antics, action, and solid humor, making it an entertaining watch for both kids and adults. The film’s slow start is easily forgiven as it paves the way for a unique and rewarding bucket list journey that is both strange and satisfying. The nonstop sprinkling of humor ensures that there’s never a dull moment, and the movie distinguishes itself from other animated releases. Unfortunately, “Leo” won’t see a theatrical release, especially compared to contemporaries like “Trolls Band Together.” In many ways, “Leo” stands head and shoulders above the competition, offering a superior cinematic experience that deserves a broader audience.


I give “Leo” 4 out of 5 stars. Its blend of signature Sandler laughs, heartwarming moments and unexpected plot twists make it a must-watch on Netflix for families and animation enthusiasts alike. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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