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  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Christopher Schobert
    Sep 6, 2013
    91
    I Am Breathing is not a documentary intended to induce sobbing. It is, instead, a film about dying that is stunningly alive, wildly optimistic, and always insightful and entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Sep 11, 2013
    90
    The last couple of years in one tragically truncated life are chronicled with a winning combination of sensitivity and humor in I Am Breathing.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Jordan Harris
    Sep 6, 2013
    88
    An earnest and important film. It deserves to be seen by anyone who is interested in documentaries and anyone who is interested in the simple human stories movies too often overlook.
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 4, 2013
    80
    A deeply affecting glimpse of a man's quest to salvage beauty from tragedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Sep 19, 2013
    70
    Not so much harrowing as achingly reflective.
  6. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 12, 2013
    70
    "Breathing" takes its humorous, contemplative tonal cues from Neil himself.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 6, 2013
    70
    Mr. Platt’s good-humored attitude helps keep the potent material from turning mawkish, and having his perspective also wards off a sense of exploitive voyeurism.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 4, 2013
    60
    The directors' intimate domestic images only occasionally match the humour and ruminative poetry of their subject's own, blog-published words, but ghoulishness and undue sentimentality are kept at bay.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon’s doc walks the line between a deathwatch film and an uplifting one, rather than simply rubbing the viewer’s nose in the horror of mortality.

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