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I Am Sam Reviews

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December 24, 2010
Moving film with great acting seems too contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 23, 2004
And I think I am sick.
June 19, 2003
Sean Penn may be the most gifted actor of his generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2003
Just watching Penn and Fanning interact...is worth wading through the occasionally ankle-deep syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2003
This movie plays like an after-school special or a public service announcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
December 8, 2002
This movie is every bit as painful as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 2, 2002
A fairly formulaic (and terribly overlong) tearjerker.
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
October 21, 2002
The script lacks focus and consistency of approach, and the whole becomes a mixture of emotional manipulation and laughable caricature.
October 15, 2002
The movie asks for a leap of faith that it can't make itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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August 8, 2002
Contradictory stew of anger, pain and crass commercialism.
July 29, 2002
...a manipulative tear-jerker, a divine wallow worthy of that master of the "women's picture," Douglas Sirk ...
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2002
Unspeakably dim-witted.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 17, 2002
Liberal propoganda crap.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
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.
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