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I Am Sam Reviews

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
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
March 22, 2002
On one level, I Am Sam is a crock, but on another, more vital one, it's very, very sweet.
March 4, 2002
Plays out in such a conventional manner that it feels like a TV movie of the week from the '70s.
January 25, 2002
For a movie that probes the sensitive issue of living with reduced mental capacity, are the creators of Bambi the obvious choice?
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 25, 2002
A well-intentioned but ludicrous tale.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 25, 2002
The kind of movie so punishingly sweet -- and intellectually vapid -- it should come with a blood sugar alert.
January 25, 2002
So drenched in sweetness that it's devoid of reality, and so free of leavening flavors that, despite some good performances, it's ultimately sickening.
January 25, 2002
Deserves to be remembered for Sean Penn's remarkable performance as a mentally challenged man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 25, 2002
The movie's magic is that we feel more rewarded than manipulated.
January 25, 2002
Attaches a vastly overqualified company to a soggy, flamboyantly manipulative script.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 25, 2002
Wears its heart on its sleeve but keeps its brains in its pocket.
January 25, 2002
It's similar to a superficially hip and irreverent, yet fundamentally sentimental, TV show.
January 25, 2002
Penn and Pfeiffer carry I Am Sam further into plausibility than it has any right to expect.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 25, 2002
It shows us that intellect and love are indeed related -- inversely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 24, 2002
Penn's mentally retarded Sam Dawson will melt your heart and leave you chanting, 'Oscar! Oscar! Get this guy an Oscar!!'
January 24, 2002
As maudlin, mawkish and shameless a heartwringer as ever contrived.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 24, 2002
A movie that shows you its cards and dares you not to fold, to give in and get out that hanky.
January 24, 2002
Penn makes it easy to forgive the movie's lapses.
January 24, 2002
Feels too contrived to be truly touching.
January 24, 2002
You have no idea how grating and hypocritical treacle can be until you've watched this picture.
Read More | Original Score: D+
January 22, 2002
About as connected to the real world as Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, from which its title is derived -- in fact, in the realism department, Seuss may have the edge.
January 11, 2002
The dumbing down of low-IQ sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 10, 2002
Penn's best work in years.
January 10, 2002
[P]lays like a made-for-TV weeper with an A-list cast.
January 9, 2002
Another spectacular workout by the versatile and indefatigable Sean Penn saves the sudsy I Am Sam from the rinse cycle.
January 8, 2002
Contrived, manipulative and shamelessly sentimental, this film is notable for the courageous reach of Sean Penn.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 8, 2002
Plays the audience as crassly and heartlessly as any studio-tooled tear-jerker.
December 28, 2001
Undone by its best intentions, I Am Sam is an especially insipid example of the Hollywood message movie.
December 28, 2001
Reduces Penn, one of the best screen actors working today, to a mugging embarrassment.
December 28, 2001
Pounds its noble intentions and emotional intensity into your head until you can't help but cry -- in physical pain from all the pummeling.
December 28, 2001
It works magic because of Penn, who disappears into the character so thoroughly that even Dustin Hoffman ... would be jealous.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 28, 2001
A most inviting and accessible film that turns upon a mental condition that most people would prefer not to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 27, 2001
Its sentimentality is so relentless and its narrative so predictable that the life is very nearly squeezed out of it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 25, 2001
It glosses over reality on so many occasions that it's hard to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 25, 2001
The treacle and showboat handicap impressions flow like half-and-half.
December 21, 2001
Raises important issues about the mental handicapped and nontraditional families that deserve a much smarter examination.