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"Critic’s Pick! Beautiful....This triumphant little movie leaps from good to great....a small miracle!" - Rachel Beckman, Washington Post

“Captivating! One of the more uplifting true-life tales you're likely to see …(Lior) makes believers of us all.” - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

“Intriguing, profound, deceptively simple portrait of how a young man's faith illuminates his family and community.” - Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

“CRITIC'S PICK!  The extraordinary life of Lior Liebling...touching!”
-Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"Rewarding & Moving!" - Entertainment Weekly

“Warm-hearted and mesmerizing, made with equal parts admiration and astonishment. It discards the clichés and condescension of so many mainstream religious films to help us see the power of faith in action.” -NY Sun  -Read the full review

Engages us on so many levels it transcends its middle-class Jewish milieu… It depicts a warm and nurturing community that gathers around Lior, both to protect him and to be transformed by his miraculous presence. It’s about cruel limitations and sudden, blessed freedoms. CRITIC'S PICK!” -David Edelstein, New York Magazine  -Read the full review

“A CROWD-PLEASING DELIGHT! Intimate and involving, fascinating and rather extraordinary!” -Variety

“Funny and touching, brilliantly and lovingly made!” -Jewish Week -Read the full review

“Heart wrenching…A gentle, tender-hearted portrait.” -NY Newsday -Read the full review

“Intimate, moving documentary … refreshingly down-to-earth.” -Onion AV Club

“Tender, assured …both hopeful and pragmatic.” -Indiewire -Read the full review

“There have been a number of very popular documentaries about religion in recent years, but Praying with Lior stands out as one of the most heartfelt and touching.” -ABC News
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Praying with Lior bores deep into your soul. That's a pretty good definition of a religious experience.” -Box Office Magazine -Read the full review

“Both amazes and inspires . . . powerful!” -Tikkun

“At turns inspiring, heartbreaking.” -Jewish Daily Forward -Read the full review

“Exceptional … earns every single bittersweet tear its audience sheds.” -Film Forward

“Charming, warm and thoroughly engrossing documentary.” -NYC Movie Guru

“As I watched Lior speak, dance and smile, I wept.” -Tim Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics

“Pamper your soul and watch Lior.” -Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

“An amazing portrayal of Jewish family life, of human emotion, parents and children, friendship and community.” -Rabbi Art Green, Dean of Hebrew College

“Cause for celebration.” -Slant

“Complex, compelling … handled with deftness and grace.” -Cinematical

“Deliciously complex.” -Village Voice

“Will melt your heart if you possess one.” -Salon

"FOUR STARS. An utterly captivating heart-tugger surrounding the existence of a beloved, mysterious child. Seemingly, he has been touched by the hands of God. Or has he?" 
- Todd David Schwartz, CBS  Radio 

Praying with Lior is the winner of the 2008 AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) Media Award.