Lorenzo's Oil
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Director George Miller's fact-based drama stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon as Augusto and Michaela Odone, the parents of a boy (Zack O'Malley Greenburg) diagnosed with ALD (adrenolenkodystrophy), a rare degenerative disease with fatal results. Refusing to accept the death sentence the doctors have handed young Lorenzo, the Odones devote every ounce of their being to finding a breakthrough to battle the disease.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If any movie of recent years deserves to be called "inspirational"--a much-abused term that one hesitates to revive apart from exceptional circumstances--this one certainly does."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This film has an appealingly brisk, unsentimental style and a rare ability to compress and convey detailed medical data."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Lumbers along worthily."
‑ , Film4
"perhaps the most melodramatic movie ever"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Okay weeper."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Sarandon ... convincingly conveys a fierceness and tenacity that is almost frightening. The character never lets up, and neither does the film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It takes a heartbreaking story and pushes it to the limit, showing us the lengths of courage and imagination that people can summon when they must."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Exhausting, intelligent and undeniably moving."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"It takes time to get over Nick Nolte's "wrong" accent, but Susan Sarandon gives a marvelous performance in the George Miller-directed, fact-based drama about a family torn by the degenerative disease of their young boy. Tough but rewarding film to watch"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The true story of two loving parents who fashion a miracle to save the life of their son afflicted with an orphan disease."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film comes over as a tour de force version of the disease-of-the-week TV movie: half scientific detective story, half domestic drama, replete with scenes of suffering."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Don't go to it for a Hollywood happy ending. Go to it to learn what it can take to be alive."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[Sarandon gives] a brave, complex performance, and the centerpiece of an emotionally searing film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Filmdom's most powerful movie about parental concern carried to the max."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Slightly heavy-handed, but mostly effective."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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