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Losing Isaiah Reviews

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TV Guide
September 3, 2008
Despite the fine leads and some well-crafted scenes, Losing Isaiah is apt to make viewers angry and frustrated no matter where they stand on the issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 3, 2008
The material is emotionally wrenching, but the actors play sociopolitical totems more than flesh-and-blood characters.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2008
This is an absorbing and involving picture, but the terms propounded here limit the story, which depends almost entirely on emotions rather than on thought.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This drama about interracial adoption is serious and affecting, thanks in large part to the presence of its two magnetic stars.
| Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
TV movies get no worse than this.
| Original Score: 2/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 27, 2003
Lange is outstanding...very rewarding
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Effectively dramatizes the clash of ideas and ideals in adoption cases.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Losing Isaiah transcends the custody issue and finds drama in the black-white polarities that neither character can escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Although Halle Berry makes a creditable effort to play against her glamorous image, she's no match for Lange.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Thought-provoking and dramatically-solid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and written by Naomi Foner, deals with all of those issues, but in a finally unsatisfactory way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Not only does this lowest-common denominator conclusion backfire, it insults anyone who invested their time getting involved in the whole thing.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
While the subject may be controversial enough to merit an Oprah free-for-all, this evenhanded melodrama is neutral to a fault.
Robert Faires
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It reminds us that life is seldom tidy, work is always left to be done. And the resolve of these good people to do that work swells the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The narrative is too fragmented and the film's point of view shifts for stretches that are too lengthy.
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Losing Isaiah raises hopes for itself by dealing with a social issue as a disturbing dilemma rather than, in typical Hollywood style, as a heroic cause. But it's unwilling to follow through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
[A] wishy-washy effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
April 20, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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