Life According To Sam Reviews

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Ty Landis
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
Relatable and empathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Adrienne Johnson
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
October 23, 2013
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.
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
October 21, 2013
It's Sam and his parents, who've refused to let his situation keep him from living as full a life as possible, who make Life According to Sam one of the feel-good movies of my year, at least.
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
October 20, 2013
Sam Berns's charisma and hard-won grace are present throughout the documentary, which follows the now-17-year-old boy's two-year involvement in a clinical trial for a new treatment.
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Dorothy Rabinowitz
Wall Street Journal
October 18, 2013
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.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2013
This is the straightforward story of a family facing adversity head-on and making inroads against a rare disease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 5, 2013
A straightforward, solidly crafted inspirational tale that should appeal to quality broadcasters.
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
October 21, 2013
[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.
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