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Wretches & Jabberers (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Directed by Academy Award (R) winner Gerardine Wurzburg (Educating Peter), WRETCHES & JABBERERS follows two men with autism, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, who embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, the men travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, where at each stop they challenge public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful message to reconsider competency. A poignant narrative of personal struggle that

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Though the movie can be a bit meandering at times, Wurzberg deserves credit for keeping the focus on her subjects' humanity without being self-conscious about doing so.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"Wretches and Jabberers" is a moving and eye-opening testament to the desire of autistic people to be a part of the world, not apart from it -- or at least to be understood.

April 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An eye-opening and most entertaining doc about a group of autistic people who challenge old misconceptions about the disability.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The film is maddeningly vague about how the two men made their initial breakthroughs, but it certainly is proof that even those who are written off as children can find a voice.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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More info packet than a story, the film is carefully designed for unambiguous impact.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The ability to mix humor and emotion is the strong suit of this upbeat, music-saturated docu.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's by engaging with all these extraordinary people that the film's beauty reveals itself.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
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Autistics must communicate and this film shows how. Or does it? Academy Award winner Gerardine Wurzburg ("Educating Peter") will take you by surprise with this upbeat and educational film about autistics who are breaking through.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

If it's possible to make a happy movie about people whose brain chemistry makes it difficult for them to communicate their needs and show their intelligence to others, this is it.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

You want to tell the filmmakers to get on with it, and to more eloquently detail the rest of Tracy and Larry's story beyond their occupation.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Questionable treatment hurts otherwise important documentary on autism.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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