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Losing Isaiah Reviews

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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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Todd McCarthy
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Leonard Klady
Movie City News
July 18, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
TV movies get no worse than this.
| Original Score: 2/4
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Although Halle Berry makes a creditable effort to play against her glamorous image, she's no match for Lange.
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
[A] wishy-washy effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Fred Topel
May 23, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5

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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Thought-provoking and dramatically-solid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 9, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
April 27, 2003
Lange is outstanding...very rewarding
| Original Score: 3/5
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