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Children of a Lesser God Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 16, 2011
Children of a Lesser God, though given a handsome openness in Director Haines' production, cannot transcend the banalities of the play. But Matlin does. She is, one might say, a miracle worker.

March 16, 2011
A sappy but often genuinely moving and angry film about love, life and deafness.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
March 16, 2011
Hurt seems to be bucking for at least two Oscar nominations here: one for his performance, the other for best echo effects by an interpreter of signed speech.
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Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
A touching and universal love story.
Emanuel Levy
May 31, 2006
Not unlike The Miracle Worker, this teacher-student-breakthrough movie updates the genre with several changes: the teacher (William Hurt) is an unconventional male, the student (Marlee Matlin) is an attractive female, and their relationship involves sex.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A genuinely touching love story and a clever gloss on the barriers and extensions of language.
Victoria Alexander
July 29, 2004
Unfortunately, launched Matlin on us.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
Never develops beyond a Hollywood public service picture.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
An amphibian movie which introduces us to the world of the deaf and then moves gracefully into universality as it explores the difficulties we all face in love relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 17, 2003
As atuações de William Hurt e Marlee Matlin são simplesmente inesquecíveis.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
September 23, 2003
Just flat out amazing.
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
The film often makes for crackling good drama with plenty of leavening humor and magnificent performances by Hurt and newcomer Matlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There's scarcely a single moment in it that seems to be spontaneous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Chemistry between Hurt and Matlin is what makes this one better than most romantic dramas.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2001
The film is highlighted by a tremendous debut performance (Academy Award winning, in fact) by Marlee Matlin.
| Original Score: 73/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The performances are strong and wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is romance the way Hollywood used to make it, with both conflict and tenderness, at times capturing the texture of the day-to-day, at times finding the lyrical moments when two lovers find that time stops.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The polemic drama of deaf rights translates into a heart-pounding love story -- the most passionately performed since Officer and a Gentleman.
James Brundage
January 1, 2000
below the surface level of a movie for the deaf lies a movie for the intelligent
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 7, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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