Death of a Superhero

2012

Death of a Superhero (2012)

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To the world around him, Donald appears to be a typical teenager. He's moody toward his parents, awkward around girls, and ambivalent about the struggle to fit in at school. But Donald also possesses an extraordinary imagination and a talent for art that sets him apart from his peers. When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Donald retreats into a fantasy world in order to avoid confronting the painful reality of his life. With the help of a compassionate therapist, family and friends who care for him, and a young woman who becomes his first love, Donald decides to take advantage of his remaining days and fight against the sickness that tries to claim his life. -- (C) Tribeca Film

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Much of this film quickly vanishes from memory, but there's some gold here. That's pretty much the message about life itself in "Death of a Superhero."

May 3, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4

Charming, raunchy and improbably uplifting.

May 3, 2012 | Full Review…
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Fitzgibbon's cast is excellent, and the movie's animated interludes liven up what could've been thoroughly pat.

May 3, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Pic sidesteps cloying sentimentality and heavy-handedness with the help of a solid cast.

Feb 23, 2012
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... a thoughtful, insightful, even philosophical portrait of lives worth living, regardless of timeframe.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

The latest release from Ian Fitzgibbon, director of A Film with Me in It, does work hard - and responsibly - at injecting colour into this most troubling of scenarios.

Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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