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Death of a Superhero

Death of a Superhero (2011)

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To the world around him, Donald appears to be a typical teenager. He's moody toward his parents, awkward around girls, and ambivalent about the struggle to fit in at school. But Donald also possesses an extraordinary imagination and a talent for art that sets him apart from his peers. When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Donald retreats into a fantasy world in order to avoid confronting the painful reality of his life. With the help of a compassionate therapist, family and

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

Much of this film quickly vanishes from memory, but there's some gold here. That's pretty much the message about life itself in "Death of a Superhero."

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Charming, raunchy and improbably uplifting.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Pic sidesteps cloying sentimentality and heavy-handedness with the help of a solid cast.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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The latest release from Ian Fitzgibbon, director of A Film with Me in It, does work hard - and responsibly - at injecting colour into this most troubling of scenarios.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
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This sick-kid drama is well-made enough, but ultimately too familiar to resonate.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
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Fitzgibbon's cast is excellent, and the movie's animated interludes liven up what could've been thoroughly pat.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Pairing of drawings and live-action material help us get into Donald's head, but in a tamer manner, something that highlights the hope and makes it an enjoyable watch.

May 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com
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"A synchronous coming-of-age/coming-of-death story, the teen's complex mindset comes at us by way of an inventive live-action/graphics mix. Like the boy, the film steadfastly steers clear of the mawkish."

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Doddle

A generally affecting and occasionally insightful drama about the ways people handle an awareness of mortality.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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    1. Donald Clarke: Life is a sexually transmitted disease. It's spread by people having sex and then in the end it kills ya.
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