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I Am Sam Reviews

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January 25, 2002
Every device of the movie's art is designed to convince us Lucy must stay with Sam, but common sense makes it impossible to go the distance with the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 25, 2001
It glosses over reality on so many occasions that it's hard to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 25, 2002
It can't overcome a strong, cloying feel that comes from watching someone pretend to be mentally retarded.
December 21, 2001
Raises important issues about the mental handicapped and nontraditional families that deserve a much smarter examination.
January 10, 2002
[P]lays like a made-for-TV weeper with an A-list cast.
January 24, 2002
The movie sentimentalizes Sam, showing what's adorable about him but not how he might also be exasperating.
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-
January 24, 2002
I Am Sam is a mess. Sean Penn gives a studied, thoughtful performance, but the story is just terrible and written, no doubt, to accommodate several agendas.
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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
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
January 25, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
December 27, 2001
an insufferably mawkish, mentally-challenged melodrama of self-aggrandizing proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 15, 2002
We're not supposed to consider how a man with the mental ability of a second-grader and no apparent outside emotional support except for an agoraphobic neighbor manages to bring a child through helpless infancy and into robust childhood.
January 21, 2002
"Sam" gives good melodrama, but pushes too many TV-disease-of-the-week hot buttons.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 23, 2002
The only real plus in "I Am Sam" is in the acting... But Barrymore and the Duse herself could not salvage this script.
January 24, 2002
...two hours-plus of numbing melodramatic nothingness drowned in the sticky, sweet syrup Sam loves so much on his waffles. This has more than even he could choke down.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2002
Practically everything about Sam's friends comes across as too cute and condescending.
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