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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
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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
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
Top Critic
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
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.
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
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...
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.
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
Dustin Putman
January 25, 2002
Thoughtful and emotionally rewarding, I Am Sam works more successfully than it has any right to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2002
Deserves to be remembered for Sean Penn's remarkable performance as a mentally challenged man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 25, 2002
Like Penn, Pfeiffer takes what is essentially an obvious, insulting character and turns it inside-out.
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