NoBody's Perfect
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Disabled from birth due to the ravaging side effects of thalidomide, filmmaker Niko von Glasow embarks on a quest to find 11 others like him who are willing to pose for nude photographs illustrating the deformities that are just a normal part of their everyday lives. By photographing "thalidomiders" in their natural state, von Glasow offers onlookers the opportunity to witness just how the human body can respond to the drug without making the observer feel awkward about their curiosity, or the observed feel as if they're the object of intense scrutiny. Over the course of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A darkly funny and fascinating examination of body image, sexuality, and self-esteem."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"[Features] a slack, scattershot approach that ill serves the director's intermittently audacious film."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"Glasow achieves something rare in documentaries today: the joy of listening to people talk."
‑ Zak Jason, Boston Phoenix
"This insightful documentary takes its place among all features that call upon us to be ourselves, to 'come out' and help prove to all that nobody's perfect."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"An exemplar of fresh-air filmmaking that addresses the devastating legacy of the drug thalidomide with acidic wit and grumpy honesty."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Drop the impotent Michael Moore-esque exposť on the company who manufactured the drug, and this moving doc would, in fact, be perfect."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York
"Nobody's Perfect is a film that succeeds on many levels."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"An extraordinary German documentary about 12 adults with disabilities created by the toxic drug Thalidomide and how a special project lifts their spirits and gives them a fresh sense of community."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film tastefully handles the sensitive subject, but it lacks the bite that a Michael Moore would have provided."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The film is alternately hilarious, insightful and sad, and entirely allergic to sentimentality or easy platitudes."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"[This film is] imperfect and still does quite a lot."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
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