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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
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker. Read the review
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All performances are on the mark in this perfect little film.
Variety Staff, Variety  full review
 
For all his character's travails the film as a whole winds up surprisingly upbeat.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
 
An intelligent, beautifully acted adaptation of Christy Brown's first book.
Vincent Canby, New York Times  full review
 
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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
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.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post  full review
 
Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot must be the most passionately empathetic film about a physical affliction ever made.
Hal Hinson, Washington Post  full review
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