Losing Isaiah
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Two women of dramatically different social, economic, and ethnic circumstances find themselves locked into a bitter child custody dispute in this emotionally powerful drama. Khailia Richards (Halle Berry) is a poor and drug-addicted single mother who, while stumbling out of a crack house one night, accidentally leaves her infant son Isaiah in a cardboard box near a trash heap. The next morning, Khailia realizes to her horror that she left her baby behind, and she runs back to the crack spot to retrieve him. However, the baby is missing, and after much search, she presumes that he must be dead.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The material is emotionally wrenching, but the actors play sociopolitical totems more than flesh-and-blood characters."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Losing Isaiah transcends the custody issue and finds drama in the black-white polarities that neither character can escape."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Despite the fine leads and some well-crafted scenes, Losing Isaiah is apt to make viewers angry and frustrated no matter where they stand on the issues."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Effectively dramatizes the clash of ideas and ideals in adoption cases."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Losing Isaiah raises hopes for itself by dealing with a social issue as a disturbing dilemma rather than, in typical Hollywood style, as a heroic cause. But it's unwilling to follow through."
‑ Scott Rosenberg, San Francisco Examiner
"This is an absorbing and involving picture, but the terms propounded here limit the story, which depends almost entirely on emotions rather than on thought."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Not only does this lowest-common denominator conclusion backfire, it insults anyone who invested their time getting involved in the whole thing."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"TV movies get no worse than this."
‑ Leonard Schwarz, Palo Alto Weekly
"Although Halle Berry makes a creditable effort to play against her glamorous image, she's no match for Lange."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"The narrative is too fragmented and the film's point of view shifts for stretches that are too lengthy."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This drama about interracial adoption is serious and affecting, thanks in large part to the presence of its two magnetic stars."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"While the subject may be controversial enough to merit an Oprah free-for-all, this evenhanded melodrama is neutral to a fault."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Lange is outstanding...very rewarding"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"[A] wishy-washy effort."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It reminds us that life is seldom tidy, work is always left to be done. And the resolve of these good people to do that work swells the heart."
‑ Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
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