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Praying With Lior Reviews

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July 24, 2008
[Director Ilana] Trachtman doesn't downplay the challenges of a family with a Down syndrome child, even one as high-functioning as Lior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2008
A messy brew, sometimes manipulative, with no real conclusions, as Lior, though highly functional, cannot explain his deep sense of religion and those around him are too supportive to question.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2008
This is the latest feel-good documentary to turn a spotlight on a much-misunderstood disorder, and per usual it demands that you unleash your sense of humor and table your pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2008
Charming as Lior is, this triumphant little movie leaps from good to great by exploring the Liebling family dynamic.
February 5, 2008
Praying with Lior focuses on this precocious, lovable lad, while giving time as well to the special challenges he presents to others.
February 4, 2008
Praying With Lior documents the extraordinary life of Lior Liebling, a rabbi's son with Down syndrome.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 3, 2008
Provides a complex, compelling depiction of the intrinsic relationship between love for God and one's kin.
February 2, 2008
Praying with Lior is a tremendously moving and invigorating film, but Lior's love for davening is minimally responsible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2008
Uninterested in exploring the larger history of beliefs and traditions concerning mentally challenged people and their closeness to God.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 1, 2008
Ilana Trachtman's gentle profile does make for touching viewing, but she leaves too many questions unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2008
Lior is a special boy, but the film remains refreshingly down-to-earth about his abilities and limitations, and in the four-month buildup to his bar mitzvah, it wonders openly about where this rite of passage might take him.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 31, 2008
An emotionally rich documentary about the extraordinary Bar Mizvah of a spiritually vibrant 13 year-old boy with Down Syndrome.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 31, 2008
A gentle, tender-hearted portrait of a devout young Jew with Down syndrome, Lior will not be for everyone, ...but its messages of family and love are pretty seductive.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2008
In the Oscars of my mind there exists a category for Cutest Performance, and Lior Liebling just took home the golden statuette.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2008
Lior's big moment is an underdog weeper for the ages; I only wish the 80 minutes that preceded it had been as powerful.
January 29, 2008
This doc is a hardcore tearjerker.
January 29, 2008
Amid an escalating U.S. trend toward commercial entertainment that earnestly or exploitatively taps religious demographics, Praying With Lior explores a rather extraordinary instance of real-world faith, sans condescension or proselytizing.
December 21, 2007
If you can watch Praying With Lior without shedding a tear, it's time for an emotional checkup.
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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