A Child Is Waiting
A Child Is Waiting (1963)

This compassionate and emotional drama takes place in an institution for mentally retarded children. Dr. Clark (Burt Lancaster) is the head psychiatrist who is the director of the facility. The patients suffer from a variety of impairments,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2015
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Burt Lancaster delivers a firm, sincere, persuasive and unaffected performance.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

John Cassavetes takes a shot at straight commercial filmmaking (1963), and the results are a little wide of the mark.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film ran into trouble with Cassavetes's attempt to bring his unconventional improvisational style to the shoot.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Flawed but fascinating.

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Emanuel Levy

John Cassavetes's attempt at commercial cinema is uncharacteristically conventional and sentimental melodrama, but it contains some emotional sequences between Judy Garland and the mentally challenged children.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Garland is moving in rare dramatic role.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope.

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TV Guide

This film draws from the social stance of a Stanley Kramer and the institutional approach of a Frederick Wiseman and rises above their judgmental attitudes to produce a wonderfully provocative and sympathetic film.

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Taken away from Cassavetes by not very nice producer Kramer for some Hollywood-style re-editing, this is nevertheless clearly the work of one of cinema's greatest talents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
well intentioned and earnest, but keeps you at a distance