I Am Sam Synopsis
A mentally challenged father must fight to win back custody of his beloved daughter.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Not about the justice or injustice of the legal system. Rather it's about the tragedy of Sam's predicament.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Penn makes us take the leap required by Kristine Johnson and Jessie Nelson's screenplay -- you end up deeply caring about Sam and Lucy.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Ham-handedly manipulative film.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The role sounds like a sentimental trap, but Penn doesn't fall into it. It's a sensational performance, and he illumines a movie that...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The kind of performance Penn delivers in I Am Sam, which may look hard, is easy, compared, say, to his amazing work in Woody Allen's "Sweet...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The dumbing down of low-IQ sentimentality.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film's one realistic performance is that of Dakota Fanning as Lucy, whose child's shame, fear and resourcefulness ground the movie in...
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30

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Contrived, manipulative and shamelessly sentimental, this film is notable for the courageous reach of Sean Penn, who gives a bold,...
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's a difficult issue, one that is not well served by a hollow confection like I Am Sam.
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25

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Drawn out and dishonest in equal measure, Sam fights it out with "The Majestic" for the title of worst "important" movie of the year.
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Wonderfully Done

By flixwatchergal
This is one of Sean's best movies. He does a supurb job depicting a man who has Mild Mental Retardation whose fathered a daughter and then struggles to raise her right. The story is heart warming and...

I AM SAM

By LOVETHEMOVIES315
I THINK THAT DAKOTA FANNING IS ONE OF THE GREATEST LITTLE ACTRESSES THAT HAVE COME INTO THE MOVIE INDUSTRIES IN ALONG TIME , BUT SHES NOT LITTLE ANYMORE!!I AM 60 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE FOLLOWED HER...

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Rated PG-13 | For language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Moving but unrealistic film has mature themes, profanity.
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