Lianna (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes


Lianna (1983)




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Movie Info

John Sayles' drama stars Linda Griffiths as Lianna, a woman trapped in a bad marriage who must come to grips with her attraction to Ruth (Jane Hallaren), one of her college professors.

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Madelyn Coleman
as Mrs. Hennessy
Robyn Reeves
as Job Applicant
Chris Elliott
as Lighting Assistant
Madeleine Lee Gilford
as Supermarket Customer
Marisa Smith
as Dick's Student
Amanda Carlin
as Dick's Student
Madeline Lee
as Supermarket Customer
Deborah Taylor
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Lianna

All Critics (17)

An exciting and sincere film. [Full Review in Spanish]

February 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Lianna is limited by its predictability, and one soon begins to wonder about the film's aura of authenticity.

September 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It is a poignant, praiseworthy piece of art.

August 20, 2019 | Full Review…

[VIDEO] Writer/director John Sayles's 1983 follow-up to his impressive debut with "Return of the Secaucus Seven" is an important touchstone of lesbian cinema.

November 5, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Though not one of Sayles' best efforts, this indie about a lesbian coming out is well acted.

June 2, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Sayles balances anecdotal stiffness with a keen interest in people and their unguarded moments

January 18, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lianna


An exploration of love and relationships and cultural restraints. Lianna is sexual without being exploitative and a shining example of John Sayles' minimalistic approach to movie making.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Great script and acting make Lianna a solid drama that's worth watching if you're into that kind of thing. The subject matter is presented honestly, or at least it seems very honest to me. Being that I'm not a Lesbian, it's hard for me to make a definitive statement on the matter. AND the best part of all, no one died of a hate crime at the end! How refreshing!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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