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Ronnie Scheib
September 9, 2013
Unlike the majority of autism docus about white, middle-class children, Samantha Buck's film examines the poverty of options available to working-class black and Latino young adults once they leave the safe confines of the classroom.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2013
This deeply moving but thankfully unsentimental doc is both inspiring and depressing.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2013
The real star is teacher Janet Mino, whose advocacy for her kids goes above and beyond.
Brent Simon
September 8, 2013
An engaging documentary that flirts with heartbreak and despair while also showcasing the better angels of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
September 7, 2013
This is one secret that deserves to be shouted about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
September 6, 2013
[Janet] Mino's efforts to find rewarding situations for her graduates seem heroic in the film, and you're invited to share in her frustrations, as caretakers and children are left with non-choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 6, 2013
The wonderful work of one teacher, concerned with the adult future of autistic children, is spotlighted in this touching, funny and important documentary.
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
September 6, 2013
It spotlights an important issue yet never seeks to squeeze the truth into an easily digestible narrative frame. Instead it expands its storytelling to the boundaries of messy, joyful and painful reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 6, 2013
Apart from a few, briskly factual titles, there are no editorial intrusions here - no yammering experts, no pontificating activists, no sappy sentimental music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2013
[Inserts] the viewer into the overwhelming experience of teaching, parenting, even being an underprivileged young adult with autism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
September 1, 2013
A magnificent tapestry of touching relationships more like mother and child than student-teacher. When scientists figure out how to clone humans, they ought to start with Janet Mino.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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