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My Left Foot

Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for his emotionally and physically complex portrayal of Irish writer Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and misdiagnosed as mentally disabled for the first 10 years of his life. The story unfolds in a series of flashbacks with Hugh O'Conor starring as the young Christy, who eventually learned to write using the only body part he could control: his left foot.
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
NYT Critics' Pick
Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 100%
Critics' score: 100   Audience score: 90   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Variety Staff, Variety

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

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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

Vincent Canby, New York 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. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot must be the most passionately empathetic film about a physical affliction ever made. full review

Hal Hinson, Washington Post
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