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Gleason (2016)



Critic Consensus: Gleason stands out among sports-themed documentaries by offering a clear-eyed look at its subject's physical deterioration -- and an intimate portrait of the family affected by his ordeal.

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The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve's determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition-utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible.

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (28)

The power of Clay Tweel's tear-jerking documentary, based on Gleason's video diaries, comes from the honesty and humour with which Gleason presents the gradual loss of control over his bodily functions.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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A moving testament to the courage shown by Gleason and his formidable wife, Michel ...

March 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is moving and insightful because it is more concerned with being honest than with being uplifting.

March 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Frank, unashamed and bruising.

March 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A remarkable, heartrending portrait that showcases the triumph of the human spirit at its most raw.

December 19, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a tough watch, but inspiring.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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