A Child Is Waiting Reviews
April 4, 2007
well intentioned and earnest, but keeps you at a distance
July 25, 2009
i couldn't really believe this was john cassavetes. it doesn't look like his work at all. definitely glad i watched it on ifc at six in the morning though.
July 11, 2013
An earlier directorial effort from Cassavetes that isn't nearly as compelling as his later works, but it's an utmost emotional film, and one that shows that his style was simply eons ahead of his time. Touching of the subject of mentally handicapped children was certainly something that 60s Hollywood would have tried to avoid, but A Child Is Waiting not only does that, but it also casted children with retardation. It's an often upsetting film, but the performances of Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland are immense, as is Cassavetes sensitive direction. Another near-landmark film from the indelible filmmaker.
November 10, 2012
A Child Is Waiting is a very underrated drama about the troubles of mentally handicapped children and the lives of the people who try to help them. Judy Garland does a great job in this film, along with Burt Lancaster who make you care about them and the children they try to help. It's a great drama that I hope becomes better appreciated as the years go by because it tackles the subject matter without playing dress up or exploiting the viewer's emotions.
April 24, 2010
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.
September 30, 2011
A little too melodramatic for my taste. Not what I think of when I think Cassavetes.
July 10, 2009
I think this movie was one of the last that Judy Garland ever made. The plot is along the same lines as "Charly," but with a more hopeful tone. It's unfortunate that films like this (with a social conscience)don't seem to get produced by large studios with large budgets anymore, while crappy teen comedies are churned out with abandon.
February 22, 2007
Overly sentimental but also very simplistic, in a good way. Judy garland gives a sincere and subdued performance, very believable and real. Burt Lancaster is a little too intense and severe. Good acting by the whole cast. Sweet and well meaning.