• 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
  • I Am Sam
    2 minutes 17 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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I Am Sam Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Practically everything about Sam's friends comes across as too cute and condescending.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

May 30, 2002

This is not a movie that earns tears; it takes a plunger and sucks them from our eyelids.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2002

Agradable, sincera y divertida, es una muestra más de que a pesar de todo, como lo dice su frase publicitaria, todo lo que se necesita es amor.

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2002
Danny Graydon

Nelson plumbs the enormous sentiment quota with the relentless persistence of an oil well drill until it erupts in a syrupy geyser.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2002
David Edelstein
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On one level, I Am Sam is a crock, but on another, more vital one, it's very, very sweet.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 22, 2002
Alex Ramirez

Penn y el amor que manifiesta por Lucy será algo que recordarán mucho tiempo después de ver la cinta...

March 7, 2002
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Plays out in such a conventional manner that it feels like a TV movie of the week from the '70s.

March 4, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

The mawkish script and intrusive direction practically cripples the effective efforts put forth by Penn's sensitive acting. I Am Sam, quite frankly, is simplistic and needlessly sugar-coated.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The story is burdened by a thousand clichés ...

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2002
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

So much of the movie exists for the sole purpose of driving its plot and culling some sort of emotion from the audience, that ultimately, you can feel just how empty it is.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

In a case of attention-deficit- disorder-style filmmaking, Nelson consistently undermines every moment of honest drama by drawing undue attention to the camera.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2002
Shay Casey

It's all payoff and no setup; the longest Kodak commercial ever filmed.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

February 9, 2002
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Penn is brilliant and the refreshingly unprecocious Dakota Fanning shows oodles of promise.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 3/4

February 5, 2002
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine

Penn's towering performance as Sam bolsters the film's highs.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine

February 4, 2002
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

We're in the land of "minority or disabled people as magical healers," and that is never a healthy place to be for too long.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 1, 2002
Carlo Cavagna

The problem with dismissing I AM SAM as a treacly Hollywood construct is that the acting is superb, tour-de-force stuff.

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: C

January 31, 2002
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Sometimes beautiful and sometimes bogus, often moving but almost always manipulative, undoubtedly sincere yet jaw-droppingly shameless.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer

January 31, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Rather than go the long way around to your emotions -- you know, with sympathetic characters and good writing -- it uses movie shortcuts like retarded people and cute kids.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

January 30, 2002
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Dakota Fanning [as little Lucy]is worth the price of admission.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

January 29, 2002
Adam Nayman

It's a well-written and exceptionally well-acted tearjerker.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 26, 2002
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