The Miracle Worker
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The Miracle Worker
Based on William Gibson's Broadway play, this film tells the true story of Helen Keller, an Alabama girl born blind and deaf. Enter Anne Sullivan, a partially-blind woman assigned the task of teaching Helen sign language. Anne begins the arduous process of teaching the girl the basics of language.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"The centerpiece is a one-room, nine-minute war of attrition, as a tutor (Anne Bancroft) imposes table manners on her feral charge (Patty Duke). It's a heaving, shin-cracking donnybrook, done with complete commitment."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Anne Bancroft is superb as Annie Sullivan, the teacher who finally reached into Helen Keller's darkness, and Patty Duke is chillingly real as the young Helen."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke give intense, powerful Oscar-winning performances in Arthur Penn's successful screen version of the Helen Keller story, based on William Gibson's play."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Portrays a literal war for a girl's soul, making that war so ugly that it's impossibly beautiful."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Apollo Guide
"Much aided by its magnificent central performances, Penn's adaptation works like a dream as a film...Despite the subject matter, Penn manages to resist the temptation to manipulate our emotions."
‑ , Film4
"Where the picture really excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique."
‑ , Variety
"Two well-deserved Oscars grace this unflinching portrait of selfishness in direct resistance to selflessness."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Beautiful black-and-white cinematography, startling performances, and harrowing physicality… the cathartic final scene is nothing short of transcendent."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Potentially soft material is handled with just the right severity; marvelously acted."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"It's a stunningly impressive piece of work, typically (for Penn) deriving much of its power from the performances."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Notable not just for its earnestness and two outstanding performances (both won Oscars) -- it's also got one of the longest catfights in cinema history."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The eight-minute sequence featuring a physical fight between Bancroft and Duke as the teacher attempts to teach the pupil some manners stands as one of the most electrifying and honest ever committed to film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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