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  • Summary: In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. (Area 23A) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Mar 31, 2011
    80
    A documentary about autism that's nearly perfect in doing what an advocacy documentary should do: show rather than tell, entertain rather than preach.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 30, 2011
    70
    The ability to mix humor and emotion is the strong suit of this upbeat, music-saturated documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Apr 14, 2011
    70
    The road trip provides some spectacular images, but it's the two protagonists that hold the most interest. Their reactions are unpredictable; their insights, illuminating and often quite funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Mar 30, 2011
    60
    More info packet than a story, the film is carefully designed for unambiguous impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 31, 2011
    60
    The film is maddeningly vague about how the two men made their initial breakthroughs, but it certainly is proof that even those who are written off as children can find a voice.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Mar 30, 2011
    60
    While the movie meanders a tad too much and suffers from J. Ralph's wretchedly literal-minded folk-rock soundtrack, Wretches succeeds in communicating both the daily struggles and the determination of its autistic subjects, whether American or international.
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