I Am Sam - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

I Am Sam Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Moving film with great acting seems too contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
Sean Penn gives the most professionally shameful, cruelly wrongheaded performance ever nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, while Jessie Nelson Kristine Johnson's script lives down to Penn's ugly ineptitude with idiotic catchphrases and product placement.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2004
And I think I am sick.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Just watching Penn and Fanning interact...is worth wading through the occasionally ankle-deep syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Venable
Supercala.com
January 23, 2003
This movie plays like an after-school special or a public service announcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This movie is every bit as painful as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
December 2, 2002
A fairly formulaic (and terribly overlong) tearjerker.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Penn repeatedly hits the ball out of the park, but the rest of the team never gets past first base.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
The script lacks focus and consistency of approach, and the whole becomes a mixture of emotional manipulation and laughable caricature.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The movie asks for a leap of faith that it can't make itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 29, 2002
A supremely well-acted TV movie. But, like a lot of microwaveable insta-films, it has a capacity to taste shamefully better than it looks.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
August 8, 2002
Contradictory stew of anger, pain and crass commercialism.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
...a manipulative tear-jerker, a divine wallow worthy of that master of the "women's picture," Douglas Sirk ...
Full Review| Original Score: B
Blake French
NutzWorld
July 22, 2002
I Am Sam is engaging as it stands, but it takes a side that the audience doesn't necessarily agree with.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
It's a sensational performance, and [Penn] illumines a movie that sometimes seems in danger of descending into modish Hollywood political correctness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 21, 2002
Unspeakably dim-witted.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
June 17, 2002
Liberal propoganda crap.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 17, 2002
I Am Sam is a very special film. It is one of those extraordinarily moving films that not only sweeps you away emotionally, but somehow leave you feeling as though you are a better person.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 9, 2002
Although 'Sam' doesn't always work ... when it connects, it does so with surprising force. A word to the wise: Do not leave your tissues at home.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 30, 2002
A seu favor, Uma Lição de Amor tem apenas um fator: a atuação de Sean Penn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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