Children of a Lesser God
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Children of a Lesser God is a love story about a speech teacher who falls for a beautiful yet distant deaf girl in a small New England school for the deaf, and the obstacles that they face due to their differences. William Hurt plays James Leeds, a renegade teacher with an unconventional approach to education and a resume that includes stints as a bartender and a disk jockey. Upon his arrival, he is warned by school administrator Dr. Franklin (Philip Bosco) not to get creative with his instruction. Naturally, Leeds already has his mind set on his teaching plan and proceeds to play loud rock… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Children of a Lesser God, though given a handsome openness in Director Haines' production, cannot transcend the banalities of the play. But Matlin does. She is, one might say, a miracle worker."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A genuinely touching love story and a clever gloss on the barriers and extensions of language."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"A sappy but often genuinely moving and angry film about love, life and deafness."
‑ , Film4
"Never develops beyond a Hollywood public service picture."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Just flat out amazing."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Hurt seems to be bucking for at least two Oscar nominations here: one for his performance, the other for best echo effects by an interpreter of signed speech."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"There's scarcely a single moment in it that seems to be spontaneous."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Not unlike The Miracle Worker, this teacher-student-breakthrough movie updates the genre with several changes: the teacher (William Hurt) is an unconventional male, the student (Marlee Matlin) is an attractive female, and their relationship involves sex."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An amphibian movie which introduces us to the world of the deaf and then moves gracefully into universality as it explores the difficulties we all face in love relationships."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film often makes for crackling good drama with plenty of leavening humor and magnificent performances by Hurt and newcomer Matlin."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A touching and universal love story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is romance the way Hollywood used to make it, with both conflict and tenderness, at times capturing the texture of the day-to-day, at times finding the lyrical moments when two lovers find that time stops."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"Unfortunately, launched Matlin on us."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"As atuações de William Hurt e Marlee Matlin são simplesmente inesquecíveis."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Chemistry between Hurt and Matlin is what makes this one better than most romantic dramas."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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