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So Much So Fast (2006)



Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 1

A poignant documentary about terminal illness that's as moving as it is honest.


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

A poignant documentary about terminal illness that's as moving as it is honest.



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The unusual response of two brothers to devastating news sets the stage for this documentary. Stephen Heywood was 29 years old and had a solid job building houses, as well as a steady girlfriend, when he received word from his doctor that he'd been diagnosed with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis, a fast-spreading motor neuron condition also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." ALS robs its victims of the ability to control their muscles, and no cure has been discovered at this time. Stephen's brother

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It is harrowing, heartbreaking, cheering, and unforgettable.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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So Much So Fast tries hard to imbue Stephen's story with a life-is-fleeting wonder. In fact, it tries too hard.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It retains an upbeat air of hope, and even humor, as two brave men battle fate.

October 13, 2006
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Affecting, slightly overextended film.

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday
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This vigorous documentary offers a five-year record of 29-year-old Stephen Heywoods battle with A.L.S., or Lou Gehrigs disease.

October 11, 2006
New York Times
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Condensing years of filming down to 87 minutes makes every cut register with a pang of mortality: The temporal ellipses swipe away precious weeks and months in a flicker.

October 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Should inspire many who suffer from life-threatening health problems. It is also quite interesting on a purely dramatic level.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A very compelling human story.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Ascher and Jordan bring [their] personal knowledge to bear on the Heywoods' plight, sometimes asking wistfully whether it is ultimately any different from any other family's trouble.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A humbling and inspiring chronicle of one man's tireless efforts to save the life of his terminally ill younger brother.

October 14, 2006

not nearly the car crash it could be

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source:

Jamie's desperation, however, is understandable, as is his anger at the pharmaceutical establishment that continues to fail ALS sufferers.

October 11, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

All about life and death and coping with a tragically brief span between the two for one unlucky but determined soul.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

A glowing testament to family bonds and the will to survive. Only those with stone hearts will be unmoved by this remarkable production.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An inspiring look at an idea the medical establishment doesn't like grass roots pharmaceutical research.

October 6, 2006
Monsters and Critics

This nonfiction film, 5 years in the making,compels attention from its surprisingly spirited victim of a dread disease.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve

The film is relentlessly sad, though at its core exists a nugget of hope that is as extraordinary as every single person in this amazing story.

September 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Ascher and Jordan's poignant and often humorous portrait covers two perspectives of of a tragic equation.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There's absolutely no denying the overall effectiveness of So Much So Fast.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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