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Mission To Lars Reviews

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Ian S. Port
Village Voice
September 22, 2015
In the particulars of a family quest film, viewers should see the universal. But in William Spicer and James Moore's documentary Mission to Lars, we instead get a whole lot of the specifics.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 8, 2012
Admirable cause, amateurish film, although Ulrich comes out of it smelling sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail
October 2, 2015
One is left with the feeling the trip was more in service of the film's narrative than a dream-fulfilling jaunt for Tom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
September 30, 2015
A relentlessly manipulative, aggressively upbeat movie that can't let a single moment pass without commenting on its wonderfulness through questionable editorial or musical choices.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Alee Karim
Under the Radar
September 25, 2015
An enjoyable, if flawed, watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
The film, which plays a little like a real-life Rain Man, may be a bit rough around the edges but that only adds to its charm. Kate and Will show their relationship with their brother in all its messiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sharon O'Connell
Time Out
June 6, 2012
The literal and emotional voyage that gives this sweet, touching and often funny doc its shape resists any temptation to overegg the self-discovery pudding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bethany Rutter
Little White Lies
June 7, 2012
More about musical obsession than the nuts and bolts of autism, but very sweet all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Northmore
The List
March 22, 2013
Ultimately this is a film about overcoming adversity, facing your fears, family bonding and the power of music to reach anybody and everybody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 10, 2012
Never mind the bickering and cajoling: this is a lovely, generous chronicle of a lovely, generous gesture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
June 7, 2012
The film that reduced Lemmy to tears will have a similar affect on you. Just lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
June 7, 2012
The peripheral interviews with the extended Spicer family are as compelling as the central quest; this is a film with rare honesty and nuance in a field that frequently feels queasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
June 21, 2012
You'll cry a bit come the tense, touching climax - then punch the air with joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 7, 2012
Not only is this documentary warm-hearted and thoroughly entertaining, but it has a lot to teach us about how families can rise to the challenge of mental disability.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2012
It will not teach you very much about either autism or Metallica, but you will leave the theater smiling.
Matthew Turner
January 22, 2013
Warm hearted and ultimately moving documentary that combines gentle humour, an engaging central quest and some thought provoking observations on learning disability.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
June 10, 2012
The movie it brought to my mind (and compares favourably with) is Ira Wohl's equally personal, wonderfully inspiring Best Boy, which won an Oscar for best documentary in 1979.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 24, 2015
Documentaries about disabilities don't come any smarter or more touching than "Mission to Lars," a beautiful sibling road trip tale with a heavy-metal flourish.
Mark Adams
Screen International
June 14, 2012
An uplifting and sweetly inspirational documentary.
Chris Knight
National Post
October 1, 2015
The documentary has the somewhat loose feel of a family movie, which I suppose is what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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