Wretches & Jabberers (2011)

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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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Wretches & Jabberers

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
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.

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

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

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
Variety
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