Magazine article Variety

Gleason

Magazine article Variety

Gleason

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Gleason

The devastating effects of ALS are on full display in "Gleason," an emotional powerhouse of a documentary charting former NFL star Steve Gleason's battle with the debilitating disorder. With seemingly no restrictions on access to his subjects, director Clay Tweel delivers far more than just a typical inspirational living-withdisease doc: This is a portrait of a family forced to completely readjust their lives, neverflinching from the accompanying fears and frustrations. Tweel masterfully assembles approximately four years of footage, much of it shot by Gleason himself, and the result is painfully raw at times, but undeniably rewarding, it would've been easy to play Gleason's story for sentimental uplift meant to inspire others to live life to its fullest, or as a feature-length fund-raising ad for the Team Gleason charity assisting those living with ALS. …

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