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This is the true story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a personable young man suffering from "lionitis," a fatal disease which causes hideous facial disfigurement. The son of freewheeling biker Rusty Dennis (Cher), Rocky is accepted without question by his mom's boyfriends and cycle buddies, but treated with pity, condescension, and disgust by much of the outside world. The local high school principal tries to get Rocky classified as brain-damaged so he won't have to enroll the boy in his school, but Rusty fights for her son's rights with the ferocity of a mother lioness.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's undeniable impact comes from Bogdanovich's willingness to go too far with practically every emotional moment, while maintaining a distant, classical visual style that gives the film a surface dignity and reserve."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of those movies that try so hard to get their supposedly universal message across that they are likely to put your teeth on edge more often than they bring one little, lonely teardrop to the eye."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A modest film by most stretches, but exquisite acting by Cher, Stoltz, and Laura Dern make it truly special."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"First-rate true-life drama; Cher is outstanding"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Bogdanovich invests the story with warmth, generosity and considerable power."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Exremely well acted family melodrama about a disfigured boy that in the hands of another director could have been a schmaltzy TV Movie of the Week"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A good movie that could have been a great one with a little more restraint."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An uplifting portrait of one disabled person and his beautiful spirit."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Quirky, touching drama."
‑ , Film4
"A wonderful movie, a story of high spirits and hope and courage."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Complex, moving story most appropriate for teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Three great performances (and some great make-up) anchor this tale of facial deformity."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Moving story of a disability. Stolz and Cher are outstanding."
‑ Fred Topel,
"This is not a typical 'disease of the week' movie about someone triumphing over adversity. It is a far more complex and moving story about two people who love and care for and about each other."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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