Practically everything about Sam's friends comes across as too cute and condescending.
This is not a movie that earns tears; it takes a plunger and sucks them from our eyelids.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nelson plumbs the enormous sentiment quota with the relentless persistence of an oil well drill until it erupts in a syrupy geyser.
| Original Score: 2/5
On one level, I Am Sam is a crock, but on another, more vital one, it's very, very sweet.
Penn y el amor que manifiesta por Lucy será algo que recordarán mucho tiempo después de ver la cinta...
Plays out in such a conventional manner that it feels like a TV movie of the week from the '70s.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
The story is burdened by a thousand clichés ...
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.
In a case of attention-deficit- disorder-style filmmaking, Nelson consistently undermines every moment of honest drama by drawing undue attention to the camera.
It's all payoff and no setup; the longest Kodak commercial ever filmed.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Penn is brilliant and the refreshingly unprecocious Dakota Fanning shows oodles of promise.
Penn's towering performance as Sam bolsters the film's highs.
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
The problem with dismissing I AM SAM as a treacly Hollywood construct is that the acting is superb, tour-de-force stuff.
| Original Score: C
Sometimes beautiful and sometimes bogus, often moving but almost always manipulative, undoubtedly sincere yet jaw-droppingly shameless.
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.
| Original Score: C-
Dakota Fanning [as little Lucy]is worth the price of admission.
| Original Score: B-
It's a well-written and exceptionally well-acted tearjerker.
| Original Score: 3.5/5