• PG-13, 2 hr. 12 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jessie Nelson
    In Theaters:
    Dec 28, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 18, 2002
  • New Line Cinema


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I Am Sam Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Moving film with great acting seems too contrived.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 24, 2010
Nick Rogers

Sean Penn gives the most professionally shameful, cruelly wrongheaded performance ever nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, while Jessie Nelson Kristine Johnson's script lives down to Penn's ugly ineptitude with idiotic catchphrases and product placement.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 0/4

September 25, 2010
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

And I think I am sick.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

September 23, 2004
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Just watching Penn and Fanning interact...is worth wading through the occasionally ankle-deep syrup.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
John Venable

This movie plays like an after-school special or a public service announcement.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 4/10

January 23, 2003
Ron Wells
Film Threat

This movie is every bit as painful as it sounds.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1/5

December 8, 2002
Stephen Farber

A fairly formulaic (and terribly overlong) tearjerker.

Full Review Source: Movieline

December 2, 2002
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Penn repeatedly hits the ball out of the park, but the rest of the team never gets past first base.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

The script lacks focus and consistency of approach, and the whole becomes a mixture of emotional manipulation and laughable caricature.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

The movie asks for a leap of faith that it can't make itself.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 15, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

A supremely well-acted TV movie. But, like a lot of microwaveable insta-films, it has a capacity to taste shamefully better than it looks.

Full Review

August 29, 2002
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound

Contradictory stew of anger, pain and crass commercialism.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

August 8, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a manipulative tear-jerker, a divine wallow worthy of that master of the "women's picture," Douglas Sirk ...

Full Review | Original Score: B

July 29, 2002
Blake French

I Am Sam is engaging as it stands, but it takes a side that the audience doesn't necessarily agree with.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 22, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's a sensational performance, and [Penn] illumines a movie that sometimes seems in danger of descending into modish Hollywood political correctness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2002
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine

Unspeakably dim-witted.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: D+

June 21, 2002
Edward Havens

Liberal propoganda crap.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D

June 17, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

I Am Sam is a very special film. It is one of those extraordinarily moving films that not only sweeps you away emotionally, but somehow leave you feeling as though you are a better person.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 17, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Although 'Sam' doesn't always work ... when it connects, it does so with surprising force. A word to the wise: Do not leave your tissues at home.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 9, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A seu favor, Uma Lição de Amor tem apenas um fator: a atuação de Sean Penn.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 1/5

May 30, 2002
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