Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. A deeply personal, often wrenching documentary.
  2. 80
    A marvelously compressed and immaculately constructed work.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    70
    Conn is exasperating and heroic in equal measure, an altogether riveting portrait of motherly devotion at its most primal.
  4. 70
    Above all, it's a testament to the will to live and how that spirit can be found in even the smallest of packages.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Pic can be taken as either inspirational or cautionary, but either way rivets attention on the efforts of both medical science and Conn herself to keep the little guy alive.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Deeply personal film that often feels more like an artfully produced home video than a documentary.
  7. 60
    Guaranteed to polarize audiences. Is her insistence on taking every measure possible to save little Nicholas heroic or monumentally self-serving?
  8. But with her penchant for frilly romance and sentimentality, the focus is often, cloyingly, on Conn as the heroine of the story, the mother who (sob!) wouldn't give up.
  9. Weighing in at almost exactly one pound and unable to breathe or eat on his own, Nicholas James Baba-Conn seemed doomed to a very short life; his chance for survival was calculated at close to zero.
  10. 40
    While Conn's story is inherently compelling, it's pretty much ruined in the telling thanks to her unnerving choice to fill it with a twinkling piano-heavy score, florid narration, and trembling slow-motion.
  11. 38
    Your baby is near death. Instead of dropping everything to save his life, you make sure the video camera keeps rolling.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. SusanM.
    May 28, 2006
    6
    [**Spoilers**] I don't think that they should have checked the health of the surrogate mother. Things would have turned out very different and probably easy. Also, I think they should have spent more time with Nicholas instead of worrying about the camera. Full Review »