Death of a Superhero
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To the world around him, Donald appears to be a typical teenager. He's moody toward his parents, awkward around girls, and ambivalent about the struggle to fit in at school. But Donald also possesses an extraordinary imagination and a talent for art that sets him apart from his peers. When he is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, Donald retreats into a fantasy world in order to avoid confronting the painful reality of his life. With the help of a compassionate therapist, family and friends who care for him, and a young woman who becomes his first love, Donald decides to take… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Much of this film quickly vanishes from memory, but there's some gold here. That's pretty much the message about life itself in "Death of a Superhero.""
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Pic sidesteps cloying sentimentality and heavy-handedness with the help of a solid cast."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Pairing of drawings and live-action material help us get into Donald's head, but in a tamer manner, something that highlights the hope and makes it an enjoyable watch."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"Charming, raunchy and improbably uplifting."
‑ Andrew Lapin, NPR
"The latest release from Ian Fitzgibbon, director of A Film with Me in It, does work hard - and responsibly - at injecting colour into this most troubling of scenarios."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
""A synchronous coming-of-age/coming-of-death story, the teen's complex mindset comes at us by way of an inventive live-action/graphics mix. Like the boy, the film steadfastly steers clear of the mawkish.""
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Doddle
"Fitzgibbon's cast is excellent, and the movie's animated interludes liven up what could've been thoroughly pat."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"This sick-kid drama is well-made enough, but ultimately too familiar to resonate."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A generally affecting and occasionally insightful drama about the ways people handle an awareness of mortality."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
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