I Am Sam
I Am Sam (2001)

Sam Dawson is a mentally challenged father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of an extraordinary group of friends. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 28, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Not only does the manipulative I Am Sam oversimplify a complex issue, it drowns it in treacle.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Penn repeatedly hits the ball out of the park, but the rest of the team never gets past first base.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Plays out in such a conventional manner that it feels like a TV movie of the week from the '70s.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Moving film with great acting seems too contrived.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's a sensational performance, and [Penn] illumines a movie that sometimes seems in danger of descending into modish Hollywood political correctness.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

For a movie that probes the sensitive issue of living with reduced mental capacity, are the creators of Bambi the obvious choice?

Nick Rogers

Sean Penn gives the most professionally shameful, cruelly wrongheaded performance ever nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, while Jessie Nelson Kristine Johnson's script lives down to Penn's ugly ineptitude with idiotic catchphrases and product placement.

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David Edelstein

On one level, I Am Sam is a crock, but on another, more vital one, it's very, very sweet.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A well-intentioned but ludicrous tale.

Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

And I think I am sick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This film, upon its release reeked of Oscar bait. Ten years later, that smell still lingers. I mean, how could it not? It's about a well meaning… More
Alex roy
I Am Sam is a wonderful drama film. Director Jessie Nelson directs this story about a mentally disabled adult named Sam. Sam has the mental capacity of a child… More
Joe McCall
Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, 'Rain Man,' look retarded, act retarded, not retarded. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho'. Not… More
erika bruhns
This is a story a father named Sam that is mentally retarded. He is raising his kid at the best of his ability by him self and with the help of friends.… More
Lucas Martins
I Am Sam presents great actings of the cast and bring a cute, confused and nice story. But the strong sentimentalism, don't save the film. Rotten.
Mike S
Were I to be a cynical critic, I might have entitled this film as "Sean Penn goes Oscar-fishing". And sure, that may be true to some extent. But it… More