Lorenzo's Oil
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

Director George Miller's fact-based drama stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon as Augusto and Michaela Odone, the parents of a boy (Zack O'Malley Greenburg) diagnosed with ALD (adrenolenkodystrophy), a rare degenerative disease with… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 30, 1992
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If any movie of recent years deserves to be called "inspirational"--a much-abused term that one hesitates to revive apart from exceptional circumstances--this one certainly does.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This film has an appealingly brisk, unsentimental style and a rare ability to compress and convey detailed medical data.

Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Intense film about a boy's fatal illness has heavy themes.

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Variety Staff

Sarandon ... convincingly conveys a fierceness and tenacity that is almost frightening. The character never lets up, and neither does the film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It takes a heartbreaking story and pushes it to the limit, showing us the lengths of courage and imagination that people can summon when they must.

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Lumbers along worthily.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film comes over as a tour de force version of the disease-of-the-week TV movie: half scientific detective story, half domestic drama, replete with scenes of suffering.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Don't go to it for a Hollywood happy ending. Go to it to learn what it can take to be alive.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Exhausting, intelligent and undeniably moving.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Mike S
There's nothing more horrible than watching an innocent young child suffer in agony. In this heart-gripping drama, we follow two desperate parents (Nick… More
Steve K
Criminally underseen and astonishingly powerful.
Aj V
A great true story, but it's so boring as a film. I had to watch this in a class I had once, and I just couldn't get into it, it was dull. I'd… More
Dean McKenna
Extraordinary true-life story of two devoted parents who, discovering that their young son has the fatal disease ALD, set out to find a cure despite having no… More
jay nixon
Emotionally harrowing film of a dedicated and persistent couple's struggle to find help for their son when he falls victim to a terminal illness. Intensely… More
Cody Heff
An emotionally draining examination of possibly the most relentless and heartless disease I've ever heard of, Lorenzo's Oil is well wrought, and most… More