Life According To Sam (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

Life According To Sam (2013)



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In 1998, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns learned that their two-year-old son, Sam, had progeria, a progressive aging disorder so rare that fewer than 250 children in the world had it at the time. Little was known about the disease, and all children with progeria died of heart attack or stroke at an average age of 13. Told there was no treatment or cure, they refused to accept that as the final verdict.more
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Life According To Sam

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

The story of these efforts, which have produced promising results, is itself remarkable, though nothing in this documentary equals the portrait of the unforgettable son they produced.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

This is the straightforward story of a family facing adversity head-on and making inroads against a rare disease.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A straightforward, solidly crafted inspirational tale that should appeal to quality broadcasters.

Full Review… | February 5, 2013
Top Critic

[It] is remarkable in the ways it mimics Sam's guiding principle and spirit. Although it has a lot to tell us about the science of genomes and the rigors of FDA approval, it doesn't necessarily want you to feel sorry or outraged or moved to act.

Full Review… | October 21, 2013
Washington Post
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Relatable and empathetic.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Thankfully, the documentary is realistic; it shows that there's a long road to that kind of ending. But it also shows that the ending isn't as important as the moment.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

Audience Reviews for Life According To Sam


Having never seen this doc before now and already knowing Sam's story,the movie is spot om showing a grace,warmth and charm that this remarkable young man had.I wish before I die that I have a tenth of the outlook on life this beautiful young man showed.

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bill secor

Sad but in no way made me feel connected to any part of either the problem or the solution. Nor did I have a desire to become part of either.

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