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A Child Is Waiting

A Child Is Waiting (1963)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Produced by Stanley Kramer, A Child is Waiting is set in an institution for the mentally handicapped, with many actual residents playing supporting and bit roles. Doctor Burt Lancaster and instructor Judy Garland often find themselves at odds over teaching methods, with Garland preferring an intense one-on-one approach with her students. Bruce Ritchey, a non-developmentally challenged youth, plays the retarded son of Gena Rowlands and Steven Hill, whose intellectual and social progress becomes

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

Burt Lancaster delivers a firm, sincere, persuasive and unaffected performance.

November 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Flawed but fascinating.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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John Cassavetes takes a shot at straight commercial filmmaking (1963), and the results are a little wide of the mark.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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John Cassavetes's attempt at commercial cinema is uncharacteristically conventional and sentimental melodrama, but it contains some emotional sequences between Judy Garland and the mentally challenged children.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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This film draws from the social stance of a Stanley Kramer and the institutional approach of a Frederick Wiseman and rises above their judgmental attitudes to produce a wonderfully provocative and sympathetic film.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The film ran into trouble with Cassavetes's attempt to bring his unconventional improvisational style to the shoot.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Garland is moving in rare dramatic role.

June 12, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Taken away from Cassavetes by not very nice producer Kramer for some Hollywood-style re-editing, this is nevertheless clearly the work of one of cinema's greatest talents.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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well intentioned and earnest, but keeps you at a distance
April 4, 2007
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