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It's a beguiling mix of animated storytelling and narration that doesn't flinch from exploring the emotional highs and lows that accompany a life with autism.
This latest film from Roger Ross Williams (“God Loves Uganda”) teems with insights into how children's fantasy can and can't bridge a developmental gap, but works on an even more basic, emotional level as a warm testament to a family's love and resilience.
The film is a documentary gem.
Life, Animated, like Owen, is optimistic and should provide a measure of comfort for the many families affected by a complex disorder - such stories are essential to share.
On the list of Disney-related 2016 releases about child-rearing and handicaps, this one goes just above "Finding Dory." What it lacks in wacky hijinks, it makes up in hard truths.
Life,Animated is rich with insight about the role our popular culture plays in child development, but it's richer still in love.
The Suskinds' humongous hearts are obviously in the right place and their openness is to be admired and encouraged - even if a book, more than a movie, remains the better venue to fairly and honestly tell Owen's extraordinary story.
Life, Animated oversimplifies the situation, contriving to use endless clips from Disney movies to make a case that movie magic really can better people's lives. Unfortunately, by the end of the movie it's clear that Disney can't help Owen negotiate sex, breakups or many other challenges he faces as an adult.
The New York Times
Belaboring the cartoon connection, the director leaves the family struggles that enrich Mr. Suskind's 2014 book of the same title stubbornly veiled.
Slant Magazine
It never addresses Disney's wholly manufactured stranglehold on turning adolescent desire into a consumerist impulse.

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