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Losing Isaiah Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 3, 2008
The material is emotionally wrenching, but the actors play sociopolitical totems more than flesh-and-blood characters.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2008
This is an absorbing and involving picture, but the terms propounded here limit the story, which depends almost entirely on emotions rather than on thought.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This drama about interracial adoption is serious and affecting, thanks in large part to the presence of its two magnetic stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Losing Isaiah transcends the custody issue and finds drama in the black-white polarities that neither character can escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Not only does this lowest-common denominator conclusion backfire, it insults anyone who invested their time getting involved in the whole thing.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
While the subject may be controversial enough to merit an Oprah free-for-all, this evenhanded melodrama is neutral to a fault.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and written by Naomi Foner, deals with all of those issues, but in a finally unsatisfactory way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Thought-provoking and dramatically-solid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
March 17, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: B-