The Miracle Worker Reviews

Page 1 of 2
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
May 25, 2015
An early yet central work for Arthur Penn
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
Two well-deserved Oscars grace this unflinching portrait of selfishness in direct resistance to selflessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 26, 2010
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke give intense, powerful Oscar-winning performances in Arthur Penn's successful screen version of the Helen Keller story, based on William Gibson's play.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 12, 2008
The centerpiece is a one-room, nine-minute war of attrition, as a tutor (Anne Bancroft) imposes table manners on her feral charge (Patty Duke). It's a heaving, shin-cracking donnybrook, done with complete commitment.
Top Critic

Variety
October 18, 2008
Where the picture really excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique.
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's a stunningly impressive piece of work, typically (for Penn) deriving much of its power from the performances.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 17, 2005
Beautiful black-and-white cinematography, startling performances, and harrowing physicality… the cathartic final scene is nothing short of transcendent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 14, 2004
Notable not just for its earnestness and two outstanding performances (both won Oscars) -- it's also got one of the longest catfights in cinema history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Renshaw
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
Portrays a literal war for a girl's soul, making that war so ugly that it's impossibly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
Potentially soft material is handled with just the right severity; marvelously acted.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
The eight-minute sequence featuring a physical fight between Bancroft and Duke as the teacher attempts to teach the pupil some manners stands as one of the most electrifying and honest ever committed to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Much aided by its magnificent central performances, Penn's adaptation works like a dream as a film...Despite the subject matter, Penn manages to resist the temptation to manipulate our emotions.
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Anne Bancroft is superb as Annie Sullivan, the teacher who finally reached into Helen Keller's darkness, and Patty Duke is chillingly real as the young Helen.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 11, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Page 1 of 2