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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 27, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Alejandro Amenábar's seamless depiction of Ramón Sampedro's battle for his own sense of integrity arrives in refreshing cinematic terms.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Fascinating story too complex for young viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 19, 2008
It's a good movie. It's just not a movie for which I can work up much personal enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The performances are heartbreaking, the story both tragic and uplifting - Amenabar has crafted yet another movie that's sure to please many.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The production itself is so rich in authentic emotional life and breathtaking visuals, word of mouth and positive reviews should carry the (pay) day.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
February 17, 2007
Bio-pic chronicles quadriplegic Ramon's Sampredo's 28-year crusade to legalize euthanasia in order that he be allowed to die with dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Reed
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
The film is worth seeing, but only if you're prepared to set aside your aversion to its polemic in order to experience its compassion.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
February 26, 2006
An intelligent and moving treatment of a potentially maudlin subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
April 14, 2005
what could have been unrelieved morbid dreariness becomes, in the hands of Amenabar, a provocative and unexpectedly life-affirming story...
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 7, 2005
The result, as imagined by Amenábar, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mateo Gil, is like watching the human spirit flash before your eyes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 6, 2005
The acting in the film is superb, especially by Bardem, who richly deserved his Academy Award nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
April 1, 2005
Javier Bardem gives a remarkable, delicately honed performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
March 22, 2005
Rare is the motion picture which grapples with issues this provocative and profound. Rarer still is one which does so this well.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 19, 2005
Had its beautiful moments but also had its soap opera moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 18, 2005
Respectable but undistinguished, and it places a distant second to 2004's other award winner about euthanasia (don't ask, won't tell).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
March 17, 2005
Bardem's performance, a true triumph of face acting, imbues the character with simultaneous impish mischief and weary resignation.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 10, 2005
It's curious that the assisted-suicide debate over a late plot twist in Million Dollar Baby didn't rage over this one. After all, Amenabar is dealing with a real life.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 4, 2005
A lyrical and warm film.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2005
Bardem is simply astounding as Sampedro.
| Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 4, 2005
If ever there was a film that deserved to get the proverbial bump from Oscar, this is it. Rarely has any film so focused on death felt so vibrantly alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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