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Mission To Lars (2013)


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Kate and Will Spicer's brother, Tom, has Fragile X Syndrome, the most common form of inherited learning disability. He is also a massive fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. They made a promise to Tom that they would get him to meet Lars. Tom's dream is their promise. Together they went on a Mission to Lars.

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1)

It will not teach you very much about either autism or Metallica, but you will leave the theater smiling.

June 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The literal and emotional voyage that gives this sweet, touching and often funny doc its shape resists any temptation to overegg the self-discovery pudding.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Ultimately this is a film about overcoming adversity, facing your fears, family bonding and the power of music to reach anybody and everybody.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The film, which plays a little like a real-life Rain Man, may be a bit rough around the edges but that only adds to its charm. Kate and Will show their relationship with their brother in all its messiness.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Never mind the bickering and cajoling: this is a lovely, generous chronicle of a lovely, generous gesture.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

You'll cry a bit come the tense, touching climax - then punch the air with joy.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The movie it brought to my mind (and compares favourably with) is Ira Wohl's equally personal, wonderfully inspiring Best Boy, which won an Oscar for best documentary in 1979.

June 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Admirable cause, amateurish film, although Ulrich comes out of it smelling sweet.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This is no masterpiece but worth seeing for the way it treats its subject with unpatronising sympathy.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The peripheral interviews with the extended Spicer family are as compelling as the central quest; this is a film with rare honesty and nuance in a field that frequently feels queasy.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

More about musical obsession than the nuts and bolts of autism, but very sweet all the same.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Not only is this documentary warm-hearted and thoroughly entertaining, but it has a lot to teach us about how families can rise to the challenge of mental disability.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The film that reduced Lemmy to tears will have a similar affect on you. Just lovely.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Mission To Lars

I usually switch off when Kate Spicer turns up on TV but after this, all is forgotten. There is an element of siblings doing this for themselves - as they have just as much to gain but they do touch on this and I believe they are sincere. It is very simple, there is no acting involved nor is the tension fabricated. I don't believe it was that tough to achieve an audience with Lars, although you never know, but getting there is the big thing. I don't want to give away the story but this is 2013's feel good film of the year for sure!
September 27, 2013

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A must-see.
July 27, 2013

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