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Praying With Lior Reviews

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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2008
[Director Ilana] Trachtman doesn't downplay the challenges of a family with a Down syndrome child, even one as high-functioning as Lior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 1, 2008
A messy brew, sometimes manipulative, with no real conclusions, as Lior, though highly functional, cannot explain his deep sense of religion and those around him are too supportive to question.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 25, 2008
This is the latest feel-good documentary to turn a spotlight on a much-misunderstood disorder, and per usual it demands that you unleash your sense of humor and table your pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rachel Beckman
Washington Post
March 27, 2008
Charming as Lior is, this triumphant little movie leaps from good to great by exploring the Liebling family dynamic.
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 5, 2008
Praying with Lior focuses on this precocious, lovable lad, while giving time as well to the special challenges he presents to others.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 4, 2008
Praying With Lior documents the extraordinary life of Lior Liebling, a rabbi's son with Down syndrome.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Cinematical
February 3, 2008
Provides a complex, compelling depiction of the intrinsic relationship between love for God and one's kin.
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
February 2, 2008
Praying with Lior is a tremendously moving and invigorating film, but Lior's love for davening is minimally responsible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 1, 2008
Uninterested in exploring the larger history of beliefs and traditions concerning mentally challenged people and their closeness to God.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 1, 2008
Ilana Trachtman's gentle profile does make for touching viewing, but she leaves too many questions unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 31, 2008
Lior is a special boy, but the film remains refreshingly down-to-earth about his abilities and limitations, and in the four-month buildup to his bar mitzvah, it wonders openly about where this rite of passage might take him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 31, 2008
An emotionally rich documentary about the extraordinary Bar Mizvah of a spiritually vibrant 13 year-old boy with Down Syndrome.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 31, 2008
A gentle, tender-hearted portrait of a devout young Jew with Down syndrome, Lior will not be for everyone, ...but its messages of family and love are pretty seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
January 31, 2008
In the Oscars of my mind there exists a category for Cutest Performance, and Lior Liebling just took home the golden statuette.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2008
Lior's big moment is an underdog weeper for the ages; I only wish the 80 minutes that preceded it had been as powerful.
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
January 29, 2008
This doc is a hardcore tearjerker.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 29, 2008
Amid an escalating U.S. trend toward commercial entertainment that earnestly or exploitatively taps religious demographics, Praying With Lior explores a rather extraordinary instance of real-world faith, sans condescension or proselytizing.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
December 21, 2007
If you can watch Praying With Lior without shedding a tear, it's time for an emotional checkup.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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