• Released
  • September 6, 2013
  • 1 hr 13 min
  • Documentary
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91

The Playlist

I Am Breathing is not a documentary intended to induce sobbing. It is, instead, a film about dying that is stunningly alive, wildly optimistic, and always insightful and entertaining.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Neil Young
The last couple of years in one tragically truncated life are chronicled with a winning combination of sensitivity and humor in I Am Breathing.
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88

RogerEbert.com

An earnest and important film. It deserves to be seen by anyone who is interested in documentaries and anyone who is interested in the simple human stories movies too often overlook.
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
A deeply affecting glimpse of a man's quest to salvage beauty from tragedy.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Annlee Ellingson
"Breathing" takes its humorous, contemplative tonal cues from Neil himself.
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70

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Mr. Platt’s good-humored attitude helps keep the potent material from turning mawkish, and having his perspective also wards off a sense of exploitive voyeurism.
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70

Variety

By Eddie Cockrell
Not so much harrowing as achingly reflective.
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60

The Guardian

The directors' intimate domestic images only occasionally match the humour and ruminative poetry of their subject's own, blog-published words, but ghoulishness and undue sentimentality are kept at bay.
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40

Time Out New York

Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon’s doc walks the line between a deathwatch film and an uplifting one, rather than simply rubbing the viewer’s nose in the horror of mortality.
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71 out of 100
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