Losing Isaiah
Losing Isaiah (1995)

The battles between adoptive parents and birth parents over custodial rights to a child are a modern legal and emotional powder keg, especially when the children are of a different race than their adopters. This provocative drama provides a… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 17, 1995
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

The material is emotionally wrenching, but the actors play sociopolitical totems more than flesh-and-blood characters.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Losing Isaiah transcends the custody issue and finds drama in the black-white polarities that neither character can escape.

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TV Guide

Despite the fine leads and some well-crafted scenes, Losing Isaiah is apt to make viewers angry and frustrated no matter where they stand on the issues.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is an absorbing and involving picture, but the terms propounded here limit the story, which depends almost entirely on emotions rather than on thought.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Not only does this lowest-common denominator conclusion backfire, it insults anyone who invested their time getting involved in the whole thing.

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Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly

TV movies get no worse than this.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

This drama about interracial adoption is serious and affecting, thanks in large part to the presence of its two magnetic stars.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

While the subject may be controversial enough to merit an Oprah free-for-all, this evenhanded melodrama is neutral to a fault.

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Clint Morris

Lange is outstanding...very rewarding

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Dannielle Albert
A very sweet and touching movie. Extremely intense emotionally. I really didn't know who to root for... the adoptive mom or the real mom. I liked them both… More
Leo L
A remarkable movie!
Erin Collins
So sad! I cried a couple times. Very good acting and a great story.
Sarah Prisbylla
Very emotional - hard to determine what side you're on
Chosen 718
Good film, great performance by Halle Berry.