A Child Is Waiting Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 23, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 7, 2007
Burt Lancaster delivers a firm, sincere, persuasive and unaffected performance.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 6, 2006
The film ran into trouble with Cassavetes's attempt to bring his unconventional improvisational style to the shoot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Flawed but fascinating.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
June 12, 2005
Garland is moving in rare dramatic role.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 10, 2005
One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
John Cassavetes takes a shot at straight commercial filmmaking (1963), and the results are a little wide of the mark.
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