A Child Is Waiting Reviews

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September 4, 2009
Dare I say: A land-mark film as it pertains to intellectual disabilities. A shame Cassavetes disowned this one. At one point this film let the kids with actual disabilities shine much more than Stanley Kramer wanted it to. He recut it (differently than Cassavetes specified) but the power of Cassavetes "realism" shines through. A must for people interested in the history of civil rights laws and or disabilities; learning or otherwise. It's finally heading to blu-ray and dvd in the USA in 2015!
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.
October 21, 2012
good pairing burt n judy
½ 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.
½ 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.
½ 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.
June 10, 2007
Not Judy Garlands best movie, but it is good! It shows that she can truly act and not just sing!
May 21, 2007
This was REALLY good!
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½ April 4, 2007
well intentioned and earnest, but keeps you at a distance
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.
November 5, 2006
Very good film, not much like other Cassavetes films though.
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