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Movie Info & Cast


A young woman named Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law (Laura Dern).


  • Kristen Stewart
  • Laura Dern
  • Jim Sturgess
  • Diane Kruger
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr.
  • James Jagger
  • Courtney Love
  • David Lawrence Brown
  • Alicia Johnston
  • Eric Plamondon

Did You Know?


  • Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern previously appeared in Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women (2016), where Dern also portrayed a character that shares her first name.
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  • In multiple shots, the Bay Bridge can be seen illuminated with artist Leo Villareal's installation "The Bay Lights". This installation was installed early January 2013 and opened officially March 2013. The film is set in the late 1990s/early 2000s and as such the work would not have been installed on the bridge.
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Nov 19, 2018

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy is a lukewarm examination of what might have been a hot topic — and that means it risks being overshadowed by the real-life soap opera playing out around it.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond
Sep 12, 2018

There’s nothing about this watchable but somewhat workmanlike dramatisation of the literary fraud behind author ‘JT LeRoy’ which is anywhere near as extreme as the story on which it is based. But Justin Kelly’s low key directing choices allow the two very fine central performances to take centre stage.

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International
Sep 12, 2018

For a movie about what’s going on under the elaborately staged surface, it’s pretty much all surface, right down to its shallow observations about gender fluidity, queer identity and the creative freedom of the alternate persona.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter