'The Miracle Worker' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   20 reviews
  • Bosley Crowther New York Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The centerpiece is a one-room, nine-minute war of attrition, as a tutor (Anne Bancroft) imposes table manners on her feral charge (Patty Duke). It's a heaving, shin-cracking donnybrook, done with complete commitment.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Don Druker Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Anne Bancroft is superb as Annie Sullivan, the teacher who finally reached into Helen Keller's darkness, and Patty Duke is chillingly real as the young Helen.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    Where the picture really excels, outside of its inherent story values, is in the realm of photographic technique.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    100
    Two well-deserved Oscars grace this unflinching portrait of selfishness in direct resistance to selflessness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    80
    Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke give intense, powerful Oscar-winning performances in Arthur Penn's successful screen version of the Helen Keller story, based on William Gibson's play.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Derek Adams Time Out
    It's a stunningly impressive piece of work, typically (for Penn) deriving much of its power from the performances.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Guide
    84
    Beautiful black-and-white cinematography, startling performances, and harrowing physicality… the cathartic final scene is nothing short of transcendent.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jules Brenner Cinema Signals
    100
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jake Euker F5 (Wichita, KS)
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Christopher Null Filmcritic.com
    80
    Notable not just for its earnestness and two outstanding performances (both won Oscars) -- it's also got one of the longest catfights in cinema history.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Scott Renshaw Apollo Guide
    85
    Portrays a literal war for a girl's soul, making that war so ugly that it's impossibly beautiful.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Nick Davis Nick's Flick Picks
    80
    Potentially soft material is handled with just the right severity; marvelously acted.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    90
    The eight-minute sequence featuring a physical fight between Bancroft and Duke as the teacher attempts to teach the pupil some manners stands as one of the most electrifying and honest ever committed to film.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Film4
    Much aided by its magnificent central performances, Penn's adaptation works like a dream as a film...Despite the subject matter, Penn manages to resist the temptation to manipulate our emotions.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Flipside Movie Emporium
    80
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    80
    Full Review » 12 years ago