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The Miracle Worker Reviews

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January 15, 2018
The Miracle Worker structurally has much in common with a Western. The plot turns on a stranger who comes to town, confronts a problem the townspeople cannot solve, and leaves when that problem has been addressed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 25, 2015
An early yet central work for Arthur Penn
August 15, 2011
Two well-deserved Oscars grace this unflinching portrait of selfishness in direct resistance to selflessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 28, 2010
Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 26, 2010
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke give intense, powerful Oscar-winning performances in Arthur Penn's successful screen version of the Helen Keller story, based on William Gibson's play.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 12, 2008
The centerpiece is a one-room, nine-minute war of attrition, as a tutor (Anne Bancroft) imposes table manners on her feral charge (Patty Duke). It's a heaving, shin-cracking donnybrook, done with complete commitment.
Top Critic
October 18, 2008
Where the picture really excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique.
February 9, 2006
It's a stunningly impressive piece of work, typically (for Penn) deriving much of its power from the performances.
October 17, 2005
Beautiful black-and-white cinematography, startling performances, and harrowing physicality… the cathartic final scene is nothing short of transcendent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 14, 2004
Notable not just for its earnestness and two outstanding performances (both won Oscars) -- it's also got one of the longest catfights in cinema history.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2004
Portrays a literal war for a girl's soul, making that war so ugly that it's impossibly beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: 85/100
August 16, 2003
Potentially soft material is handled with just the right severity; marvelously acted.
| Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2003
The eight-minute sequence featuring a physical fight between Bancroft and Duke as the teacher attempts to teach the pupil some manners stands as one of the most electrifying and honest ever committed to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 24, 2003
Much aided by its magnificent central performances, Penn's adaptation works like a dream as a film...Despite the subject matter, Penn manages to resist the temptation to manipulate our emotions.
January 1, 2000
Anne Bancroft is superb as Annie Sullivan, the teacher who finally reached into Helen Keller's darkness, and Patty Duke is chillingly real as the young Helen.
July 11, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
July 1, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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