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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Right On !!

Author: Deb Goewey from United States
25 November 2006

I am a professional Support Person and Home Care Provider. This movie is right on. Thank You for sharing your world with us. The more people that understand and see our work/your work the better we are able to support those who need us. I know how hard it is to find people to fill these kind of jobs. Many people, especially young adults, have had little exposure to anyone with disabilities ( this is my person observation only). But with this wonderful success story out there in movie form , it is a great way to open doors and minds. I emailed the next CNN air time to my entire support and case management team. I know they will enjoy it as much as I did !!

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

One of the Most Disappointing Documentaries I've Ever Seen.

Author: tonymurphylee from USA
24 March 2008

Being somebody who lives with a younger sister who is autistic, I struggle with mental disability every day. She has changed my outlook on life, however, and has helped me understand people who have trouble with just simply getting through the day. I can't say that I've had an easy time living with it and at times I lose my temper and just get really upset. But I am reassured by the fact that my family and I have it far better than a lot of people. I cry for her a lot simply because I can't imagine how depressing it is to be her and not really be aware of how much anguish she has caused us, but she is a excellent and brilliant sister and I can't imagine living without her. This film, to me, distorted what it was like to live with somebody who has such a disability and what their experiences are. I am utterly disappointed with the documentary in general. It didn't feel honest, genuine, and certainly didn't teach me anything I didn't already know about autism. As somebody who has Aspergers disorder, I can say that there are good things and bad things. This film didn't shed any light on any of the good things and offered a half-baked effort in even depicting the bad things. The bad things are mostly all about just negativity toward autism in general, but autism is something that is certainly not all bad if a person took the extra effort to show discipline and a lot of patience with someone who is autistic. I'm not saying that autism is good. In fact, it's really quite horrible to live with somebody who has the misfortune of having autism. However, there are moments of pure brilliance shown by people who have autism, and those moments are what makes dealing with autism worth it. This film didn't have any of that. Instead, it was all about the anguish and hell the ordeal is rather than the unique and interesting details. It's really disheartening.

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Killing Autism is a Constant Battle*

Author: YilmazTurk from Turkey
18 July 2005

"Autism Is A World" a 40 minute documentary narrated by actress Julianna Margulies. The documentary is about Sue who is autistic. She was diagnosed and treated as mentally retarded until the age of 13 when she began to communicate using a keyboard. When you meet her, she does not make eye contact. She obsessively attacks your buttons, endlessly stands at the faucet and watches water pour over her hand. She tells that makes her feel better. The documentary takes the viewer on a journey into her mind, into her world and her obsessions. Autism Is A World explores Sue's world, her writings, and the remarkable friendships she has created while in college.

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Autism is a World, but not this girl's...

Author: little_socrates1 from United States
4 December 2006

This movie is entirely wrong about autism. I work with autistic youths on a regular basis; if she is autistic, she is also physically and mentally retarded, and may also have Tourette's Syndrome.

Autism is a disorder that does not change your appearance: most people diagnosed with autism look, in essence, exactly like the rest of us. Sue has severe facial distortion, and this is not usual in the standard autistic person.

Autism does not cause you to "do terrible, terrible things": the way she describes some of her behaviors make them sound more like Tourette's Syndrome (which, to those who don't know, does not just cause obscene language: it can cause a number of things)

Meanwhile, if she IS autistic, she's following for the oldest trick in the book. The electronic- vocalizer. Look at it again; notice how the "caregiver" moves the machine? The child doesn't really choose what they're hitting, they're just moving their finger forward. The caregiver just makes the child "say" whatever will make the most money.

I feel like this documentary is off on all counts of autism, and in order to define symptoms better CNN should not have used someone with multiple disorders. In the end, it leaves one misled about the symptoms of autism.


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Depiction of a disability

Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany
25 April 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This 40-minute documentary movie from 12 years ago is the story of Sue Rubin, an autist. Fittingly, she is also credited as the writer. Her thoughts are presented by the voice of Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"). In this little movie, we basically find out how Sue deals with everyday life in general, sometimes on her own, sometimes with the help of an aide. Nearf the end, there is a bit of drama, when her regular assistant has to leave and she seems in need of a new one. Autism is a bit of a taboo and there are not too many documentaries and films about this subject. Alone from that perspective, it is already fine that this was made. And at least in terms of the protagonist we can be sure that it is real and authentic I guess. Yes there probably were a scenes written or it was also decided beforehand what certain people needed to say and things may have looked slightly different without cameras around, but it does not take away from this being a good documentary. Gerardine Wurzburg, an Oscar winner in the 1990s for "Educating Peter" got her second Academy award nomination for this one, but lost to a civil rights documentary this time. I recommend "Autism Is a World". Thumbs up.

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Author: chalupa46 from Canada
8 January 2007

Call me cold hearted, but this Sue was far beyond autistic, far, far ,far beyond. Sensationalized bull if you ask me.

Everyone seems to be getting diagnosed with autism, bipolar disorder or adhd nowadays. Personally I think it all stems from bad parenting/environment/relations during the crucial first 3-5 years of the childs development. Pills aren't going to help.

There are no causes of autism. They don't even know what it is. It is just a different neurostructure, celebrate neurodiversity and don't cast out people as mentally retarded for being different, for being INTROVERTED. Hell, I knew someone who was "diagnosed" autistic at a young age and treated as such all his life, you don't think this will have an impact on how that person turns out? I had 3 years of speech delay and after educating myself at uni and researching it and just living my life I can say that I am a boarderline high functioning autistic, or could at least pass as one at a psychiatrist (I was never thrown into a psychiatrist office because I did not speak until I was three and I thank my parents for not being idiots).

What? Is everyone supposed to be the same? When you treat someone like a retard for the first 16 years of their life what do you expect...

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