A Child Is Waiting
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A Child Is Waiting
Produced by Stanley Kramer, A Child is Waiting is set in an institution for the mentally handicapped, with many actual residents playing supporting and bit roles. Doctor Burt Lancaster and instructor Judy Garland often find themselves at odds over teaching methods, with Garland preferring an intense one-on-one approach with her students. Bruce Ritchey, a non-developmentally challenged youth, plays the retarded son of Gena Rowlands and Steven Hill, whose intellectual and social progress becomes the focal point of the film. The most uplifting sequence in A Child is Waiting takes place during a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Burt Lancaster delivers a firm, sincere, persuasive and unaffected performance."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"John Cassavetes takes a shot at straight commercial filmmaking (1963), and the results are a little wide of the mark."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The film ran into trouble with Cassavetes's attempt to bring his unconventional improvisational style to the shoot."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Flawed but fascinating."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"John Cassavetes's attempt at commercial cinema is uncharacteristically conventional and sentimental melodrama, but it contains some emotional sequences between Judy Garland and the mentally challenged children."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Garland is moving in rare dramatic role."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This film draws from the social stance of a Stanley Kramer and the institutional approach of a Frederick Wiseman and rises above their judgmental attitudes to produce a wonderfully provocative and sympathetic film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Taken away from Cassavetes by not very nice producer Kramer for some Hollywood-style re-editing, this is nevertheless clearly the work of one of cinema's greatest talents."
‑ , Film4
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