My Left Foot
My Left Foot (1989)

An alternative to the general run of "triumph over the odds" biopics, My Left Foot is the true story of Irish cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown. Paralyzed from birth, Brown (played by Hugh O'Conor as child and Daniel… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 13, 1989
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

All performances are on the mark in this perfect little film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

An intelligent, beautifully acted adaptation of Christy Brown's first book.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Gritty yet uplifting tale of artist with cerebral palsy.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

For all his character's travails the film as a whole winds up surprisingly upbeat.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

My Left Foot is a great film for many reasons, but the most important is that it gives us such a complete picture of this man's life.

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Jeff Beck

Despite fine performances from Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot is a middling biopic that takes a rather superficial look at the extraordinary life of Christy Brown, never daring to go deeper into what made him tick.

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Time Out

Day Lewis' re-creation of writer/painter Christy Brown's condition is so precise, so detailed and so matter-of-fact that it transcends the carping about casting an actor without cerebral palsy.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Not only does Day-Lewis master the physical aspects of the role, the minute-to-minute struggle of almost complete paralysis, he lives the painful genesis of an artistic character.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A fairly generic biopic with an amazing turn by Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
"My Left Foot" may not be the most authentic biopic if you've dug a little bit into the real life of Christy Brown (especially the ending), but… More
shahmeer hashmat
My Left Foot is an inspiring, well made drama about a man with cerebral palsy and the only limb in his body which he can fully control is his left foot.… More
Alex roy
My Left Foot is a stunning real life drama about author and artist Christy Brown. This is superb picture that is brilliantly acted by method actor Daniel… More
Jameson Worley
A great, touching film about a man who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. See this fo the Oscar winning performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker!
Kevin M. Williams
Cerebral palsy makes a pathetic lump of a lower class Irishman, but his family makes a man of him and do it against the odds. While Daniel Day-Lewis is at… More
Aj V
A very Irish movie, I couldn't tell what they were saying in some scenes. The story is interesting for a while, but I got it about half way through, and… More