Netflix's comedy follows an elder classroom lizard bonding with a bunch of anxious, young students. It currently sits at a 78% critic score at the time of writing, with first reviews praising the film's humorous, heartfelt tone.
Sandler voices the titular lizard, with Bill Burr lending his voice to Leo's terrarium pal, turtle Squirtle. The voice cast is rounded out by Everything Everywhere All At Once's Stephanie Hsu, comedian Cecily Strong, Seinfeld star Jason Alexander and Sandler's frequent collaborator Rob Schneider.
Sandler's daughters Sunny and Sadie Sandler, who also appeared alongside him in acclaimed comedy You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah earlier this year, lend their voices too.
Ahead of the film debuting on the streaming platform tomorrow (November 21), let's take a look at what critics had to say about Leo.
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.
Strikes just the right balance between heart and fart jokes.
"Who is this for?" is a question that's only asked by movies that aren't working as well as they should, but it begs itself every few minutes in Leo, which can't decide if it's a movie for kids about parents, or a movie for parents about kids.
A sweet and sometimes satirical movie that pillories modern parenting practices and includes just enough character detail to make Leo a credible New Age sage and the perfect foil for his wisecracking terrarium buddy Squirtle the turtle (Bill Burr).
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...
Leo will be available to stream on November 21 on Netflix.
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