Praying With Lior Reviews

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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 18, 2008
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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
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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.
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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
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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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Entertainment Weekly
February 1, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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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
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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.