“This film is a little too pat to me (especially in the rushed happy ending) and it belies it's stage origins every once in a while but it was still worth watching.
“ There is a remarkable intense and deliberately protracted scene that shows the frustrating effort involved in getting Helen to fold a napkin and eat dinner with a spoon.
“ Andrew Prine is also dull as Keller's brother.
“ Penn's directing is masterful as well, particularly during the breathtaking table fight scene.
“ What a moving, riveting scene!
“ The second feature of Oscar-winning director Arthur Penn (BONNIE AND CLYDE 1967), THE MIRACLE WORKER is a riveting and inspirational true story of the American deaf-blind author and lecturer, Helen Keller (Duke), and her visually impaired governess Anne Sullivan (Bancroft), who painstakingly breaks in the impregnable carapace of the disobedient Helen, and miraculously manages to teaches her how to communicate with the outer world and express her feelings through sign language.
“This movie is obviously a civil rights American style propaganda piece.
“ Both gave us stunning performances for child actors.
“ Although much has been written about 11-minute breakfast donneybrook, which is certainly wonderful cinema to behold, the entire film is breathtaking from opening credits to the final scenes.
“ Sullivan's determination to communicate to the deaf and blind Helen made for a compelling story on stage as well as on screen.
“ The film is atmospherically shot in stark black and white by Arthur Penn, a director smart enough to realise that the physical interactions of his protagonists are pivotal for a film about a girl who cannot see or hear; the most intense scene has virtually no dialogue as co-leads Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke wrestle in the family dining room.
“ It is completely engrossing and ultimately touching.
“ This movie shows, that even two actresses are enough to make a movie a thrilling experience.
“ Stunning performances in early Penn film.
“ This wonderful, tear-jerking and eventually heartwarming, compelling true story of the early (the breakthrough) years of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, who stubbornly helps the belligerent violent child to overcome the frustration due to her handicaps (blind, deaf, and dumb) and learned to communicate (e.
“ Strong, heart-gripping, and awesome, this movie's a real gem!
“ Arthur Penn's exhilarating 'The Miracle Worker' is a fascinating story based on the account between Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.
“The efforts of Anne are thoroughly engrossing as she tries to strengthen her tumultuous relationship with Helen and teach her simultaneously.
“ Indeed it is so compelling, that when you begin watching it, you must make sure you have the time to finish it, because it is impossible to turn away from this, perhaps the most dramatic of movies ever crafted about the subject of a very special teacher and her oh so very special student.
“ The battle of wills and wits between the two is engrossing, becoming quite involved and very interesting.
“ I just saw this movie last night and found it so compelling that I thought that I should comment on it.
“ Bancroft's achievement is nothing short of remarkable and eye-opening, a fascinating performance in which she vanishes completely and utterly into her character.
“ This also involves a few "fight" scenes between her and Sullivan, scenes that seem to go on far too long and are far too frequent.
“ The dinning room struggle is one of the most compelling action scenes.
“ Anne Bancroft's first lead role is as Anne Sullivan, Helen's lifelong teacher and friend and her performance is compelling.
“ "The Miracle Worker" is astonishingly moving, intense, and rewarding storytelling.
“ Riveting script and performances.
“ The lengthy dining room struggle alone would make any movie worth watching - it is worthwhile even beyond the interesting action itself, as it brings out aspects of human nature and human learning that go beyond even Helen's own trials.
“ It has a wonderful shape, moments of intense feelings,moments of peaceful repose, and is filled with rich details to savour--Helentossing about in the hanging laundry, Annie's rich Scottish accent, the riveting fight scene, the moment of Helen's revelation which is one of the mostemotionally satisfying moments of any film, anywhere.
“ It will provide you with interesting and compelling performances of Annie and Helen that differ in many ways from those most of us are familiar with from the much better known play and film.
“The most intense acting is done without any dialogue, especially where Anne Sullivan insists that Helen learn how to eat properly.
“ With two terrific leading performances, an absorbing and thought-provoking story, and many well-conceived touches by Arthur Penn and his production team, this classic version of "The Miracle Worker" is an exceptional movie that appeals to the imagination and that has much to say about humanity.
“ Nevertheless this performance of Patty's is stunning and forever remembered.
“This motion picture tells impeccably one of the most compelling and yes, miraculous of true stories.
“ The acting by all characters is riveting and first rate.
“ Here, an overlong battle between her and Duke with regards to table manners can be hailed as one of the most intensely choreographed fighting sequence ever occurred on screen, all takes place in one single dining room, where dramatised tug-of-war is livened up to slapstick antics, which are not to induce laughter, but a compelling tension so viscerally sensed by viewers.
“ Both Bancroft and Duke well deserved their Oscars, recreating their Broadway stage roles for this gripping movie.
“ Ultimately, "The Miracle Worker" is stunning and immensely memorable, and it's a movie which deserves to be seen and remembered by many generations to come.
“ These two stunning actresses make us embrace theircharacters--much as they embrace at the beautiful conclusion of this heartfelt film.
“ The play is a bit melodramatic at times, especially during the first part of the movie, but the climax is breathtaking, and when the breakthrough into the light of Helen's mind is found in the simple silky feel of common water, there is hardly a dry eye.
“ A stunning experience that benefits from Oscar-nominated direction from Arthur Penn and the out-of-this-world performances from the film's two leads.
“ That said, the dinner scene with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft is 100%+ riveting in a way seldom seen and the movie deserves its accolades just for that scene alone.
“ The black-and-white cinematography--shadowy, secretive and mysterious--is evocative and intense without being particularly moving or involving.