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Gleason (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Gleason stands out among sports-themed documentaries by offering a clear-eyed look at its subject's physical deterioration -- and an intimate portrait of the family affected by his ordeal.

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The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve's determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition-utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible.

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Frank, unashamed and bruising.

March 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A remarkable, heartrending portrait that showcases the triumph of the human spirit at its most raw.

December 19, 2016 | Full Review…

An intimate, deeply moving film.

August 18, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a tough watch, but inspiring.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

However many Kleenex you think you should bring, double it.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As Gleason's physical condition worsens, the documentary becomes a harrowing study in marital devotion, capturing him and his loyal wife, Michel Varisco, in a series of increasingly bleak moments together.

August 4, 2016 | Full Review…

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