I Am Sam
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Sam Dawson is a mentally challenged father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of an extraordinary group of friends. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their situation comes under the scrutiny of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care. Faced with a seemingly unwinnable case, Sam vows to fight the legal system and forms an unlikely alliance with Rita Harrison, a high-powered, self-absorbed attorney who initially takes his case pro bona as a challenge from her colleagues. On the surface the two couldn't… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Penn repeatedly hits the ball out of the park, but the rest of the team never gets past first base."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Plays out in such a conventional manner that it feels like a TV movie of the week from the '70s."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Moving film with great acting seems too contrived."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Just watching Penn and Fanning interact...is worth wading through the occasionally ankle-deep syrup."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A fairly formulaic (and terribly overlong) tearjerker."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"It's a sensational performance, and [Penn] illumines a movie that sometimes seems in danger of descending into modish Hollywood political correctness."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"For a movie that probes the sensitive issue of living with reduced mental capacity, are the creators of Bambi the obvious choice?"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Sean Penn gives the most professionally shameful, cruelly wrongheaded performance ever nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, while Jessie Nelson Kristine Johnson's script lives down to Penn's ugly ineptitude with idiotic catchphrases and product placement."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"This movie plays like an after-school special or a public service announcement."
‑ John Venable, Supercala.com
"The script lacks focus and consistency of approach, and the whole becomes a mixture of emotional manipulation and laughable caricature."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"On one level, I Am Sam is a crock, but on another, more vital one, it's very, very sweet."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"A well-intentioned but ludicrous tale."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"And I think I am sick."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"This movie is every bit as painful as it sounds."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"The movie asks for a leap of faith that it can't make itself."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
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