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About the Movie
The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition—utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 66
- Fresh: 63
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: While the director's vision never strays too far from the positive message that he and the Gleasons doubtlessly wish to impart, the movie winds up being most effective at doing what cinema cannot avoid doing.
Fresh: The result is a candid testament to not only Gleason himself but the many people who love him.
Fresh: Tweel has crafted a film that goes beyond the facts of Gleason's football life. It promotes an awareness of ALS that trumps any well-intended ice-bucket challenge - and ranks as a profound achievement.
Fresh: If this film portrait stirs deep emotions, they spring from a breathtakingly unsentimental embrace of life at its most challenging.
This movie will make you cry with your whole body, and at the end you will feel emplowered to love your children, your parents, and your community.
Simultaneously inspiring and crushing
It is so rare to experience an honest film even in documentary circles which often are laced with political, theoretical or philosophical agendas. This film packed a punch and was so hard to watch yet was so refreshing to experience. MUST SEE!!
I think it's important a lot of people watch this to learn about ALS. Very seriuos affliction. This documentary is a very very honest and open perspective on the topic.