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My Left Foot (1989)



Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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An alternative to the general run of "triumph over the odds" biopics, My Left Foot is the true story of Irish cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown. Paralyzed from birth, Brown (played by Hugh O'Conor as child and Daniel Day-Lewis as an adult) is written off as retarded and helpless. But Christy's indomitable mother (Brenda Fricker) never gives up on the boy. Using his left foot, the only part of his body not afflicted, Brown learns to write. He grows up to become a well-known author, painter, and


Art House & International, Drama

Aug 16, 2005

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (0) | DVD (21)

All performances are on the mark in this perfect little film.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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For all his character's travails the film as a whole winds up surprisingly upbeat.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Day Lewis' re-creation of writer/painter Christy Brown's condition is so precise, so detailed and so matter-of-fact that it transcends the carping about casting an actor without cerebral palsy.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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An intelligent, beautifully acted adaptation of Christy Brown's first book.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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My Left Foot is a great film for many reasons, but the most important is that it gives us such a complete picture of this man's life.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not only does Day-Lewis master the physical aspects of the role, the minute-to-minute struggle of almost complete paralysis, he lives the painful genesis of an artistic character.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A fairly generic biopic with an amazing turn by Daniel Day-Lewis.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Deviating from the standard Hollywood biopic, Sheridan's chronicle told with candor, realism, and humor the story of paraplegic writer-artist Christy Brown, embodied in a tour-de-force Oscar-winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

[The film] leaves one with an overwhelming sense of the miraculousness of life and of this man's spirit.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Even if all My Left Foot had to offer was Day-Lewis's performance, it'd be a must-see movie.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Nothing can detract from the power of this film, especially Daniel Day-Lewis' astonishing performance as Christy Brown.

February 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Daniel Day-Lewis gives a startling, dazzling performance.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Much of the pricelessness of My Left Foot comes from Daniel Day-Lewis's spot-on portrayal of Brown, the first acting job that made critics and awards voters really take notice of him.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

A rich cinematic experience, this uplifting British production will leave you in awe of the extraordinary Christy Brown.

August 31, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This wonderful film, perfect in setting the scene of the era and locale, could not be a better story of hope and inspiration.

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It's easy to imagine what My Left Foot might have looked like in the hands of a lesser director like, say, Ron Howard.

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Inspiration is inherent in Brown's story, but Sheridan, co-screenwriter Shane Connaughton, and Lewis refuse to sanctify him.

August 17, 2005
Groucho Reviews

...a boisterous, joyous affair, often funny, often brawling, sometimes sad, but always affecting.

August 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A bit rudimentary in form and style, but full of bracing performances and an admirably light-and-dark tone.

July 29, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

A stirring and triumphant biodrama about Christy Brown, who overcame being severely handicapped by cerebral palsy.

February 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for My Left Foot

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March 23, 2013

Super Reviewer

"My Left Foot" may not be the most authentic biopic if you've dug a little bit into the real life of Christy Brown (especially the ending), but Daniel Day-Lewis expectedly keeps you glued to the screen, adding true believability to such an anguished character.
March 11, 2013
Sam Barnett

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My Left Foot is a stunning real life drama about author and artist Christy Brown. This is superb picture that is brilliantly acted by method actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who would subsequently win an Academy Award for his performance as the adult Brown. For his role, Lewis would study Cerebral Palsy patients for two months and go as far as being fed by someone else. The result is impressive. I've been living with Cerebral Palsy all my life, and though it's not as extreme as Christy Brown case, I found Daniel Day-Lewis' performance to be accurate, well done and superb. I have a minor case of CP, kind of like RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad, but I've lived long enough with CP to notice that all the movements, and muscle spasms that Daniel Day-Lewis made, were dead on. You would swear that he had CP. This is a compelling true story about someone who overcomes great odds to achieve something great in the face of adversity. This is a well crafted movie that is a stunning piece of cinema and is worth seeing if you love stories of triumph, then this is a must see for you. Daniel Day-Lewis is a stunning actor, and his method is legendary and he definitely deserved that Oscar. My Left Foot is an excellent, flawless film that for me, anyways stood out because I related to Christy Brown on a more personal level. For the average viewer, I strongly recommend this one as well, and each viewer can take something special from this movie. This is a very inspirational movie that delivers solid Drama, with a few humorous bits to make for a memorable viewing experience that you soon won't forget. If you come across My Left Foot, definitely check it out, you won't regret it.
January 6, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Cerebral palsy makes a pathetic lump of a lower class Irishman, but his family makes a man of him and do it against the odds. While Daniel Day-Lewis is at turns indeed fiery and feisty as the lead, Hugh O'Conor is blow for blow as the artist as a child. Pretty good stuff.
September 16, 2012

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    1. Mrs. Brown: You break my heart Christy Brown. Sometimes I think you are me heart!
    – Submitted by Tess O (11 months ago)
    1. Christy Brown: Get in that car before I kick your ass
    – Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
    1. Mary Carr: And you typed all of it with your left foot?
    2. Christy Brown: I didn't do it with me nose.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Brown: If I could give you my legs, I'd gladly take yours.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Christy Brown: I think you're brilliant.
    2. Dr. Eileen Cole: I'm only as brilliant as my patients.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Brown: A broken body is nothing to a broken heart.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
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