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I Am Sam Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 30, 2002
Practically everything about Sam's friends comes across as too cute and condescending.
May 14, 2002
This is not a movie that earns tears; it takes a plunger and sucks them from our eyelids.
| Original Score: 2/4
May 7, 2002
Agradable, sincera y divertida, es una muestra más de que a pesar de todo, como lo dice su frase publicitaria, todo lo que se necesita es amor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Danny Graydon
April 15, 2002
Nelson plumbs the enormous sentiment quota with the relentless persistence of an oil well drill until it erupts in a syrupy geyser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
March 22, 2002
On one level, I Am Sam is a crock, but on another, more vital one, it's very, very sweet.
Alex Ramirez
March 7, 2002
Penn y el amor que manifiesta por Lucy será algo que recordarán mucho tiempo después de ver la cinta...
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002
Plays out in such a conventional manner that it feels like a TV movie of the week from the '70s.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
The mawkish script and intrusive direction practically cripples the effective efforts put forth by Penn's sensitive acting. I Am Sam, quite frankly, is simplistic and needlessly sugar-coated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 26, 2002
The story is burdened by a thousand clichés ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
So much of the movie exists for the sole purpose of driving its plot and culling some sort of emotion from the audience, that ultimately, you can feel just how empty it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 20, 2002
In a case of attention-deficit- disorder-style filmmaking, Nelson consistently undermines every moment of honest drama by drawing undue attention to the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shay Casey
February 9, 2002
It's all payoff and no setup; the longest Kodak commercial ever filmed.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
February 5, 2002
Penn is brilliant and the refreshingly unprecocious Dakota Fanning shows oodles of promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
February 4, 2002
Penn's towering performance as Sam bolsters the film's highs.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 1, 2002
We're in the land of "minority or disabled people as magical healers," and that is never a healthy place to be for too long.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carlo Cavagna
January 31, 2002
The problem with dismissing I AM SAM as a treacly Hollywood construct is that the acting is superb, tour-de-force stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 31, 2002
Sometimes beautiful and sometimes bogus, often moving but almost always manipulative, undoubtedly sincere yet jaw-droppingly shameless.
Eric D. Snider
January 30, 2002
Rather than go the long way around to your emotions -- you know, with sympathetic characters and good writing -- it uses movie shortcuts like retarded people and cute kids.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 29, 2002
Dakota Fanning [as little Lucy]is worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Adam Nayman
January 26, 2002
It's a well-written and exceptionally well-acted tearjerker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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