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Lorenzo's Oil

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

George Miller

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About the Movie

Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte and Academy Award® winner Susan Sarandon star in this powerful and unforgettable drama based on a true story. For Augusto and Michaela Odone (Nolte and Sarandon), the news that their five-year-old son, Lorenzo, has a rare terminal disease is sobering, to learn there is no known cure is devastating. Despite the prognosis, the Odones embark on an extraordinary mission of love, consulting and sometimes colliding with the world's top doctors and scientists in the quest to save their son. Their relentless struggle tests their marriage, their beliefs and the boundaries of conventional medicine in this critically acclaimed hit from director George Miller (The Witches of Eastwick).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 33
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This film has an appealingly brisk, unsentimental style and a rare ability to compress and convey detailed medical data. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Oct 7, 2012

Fresh: There has never been a medical drama quite like Lorenzo's Oil. With indelible fervor, it captures the will - the need - to heal. – Entertainment Weekly, Oct 7, 2012

Fresh: Sarandon ... convincingly conveys a fierceness and tenacity that is almost frightening. The character never lets up, and neither does the film. – Variety Staff, Variety, Oct 7, 2012

Fresh: The questions this movie raises about the medical establishment, drug testing and the clash between science and compassion cannot fail to evoke the battles raging over AIDS. Lorenzo's Oil is strong medicine indeed. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Feb 13, 2018

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Customer Reviews


Good movie,Extremely Depressing.

Too sad for my taste

I love sad dramas...except this one, this is just too sad.


I can't believe anyone would pan this movie. Yes, there won't be a dry eye in the house, but the story is about a couple's TRIUMPH against all odds over a system that had virtually given up any hope of finding a cure for their son's disease. It's a true story, and living proof that refusing to take "no" for an answer, that striving onward when the supposed experts say you're wasting your time, is how brilliant discoveries are made. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen.

Lorenzo's Oil
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2004

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