YMMV / I Am Sam

  • Critical Dissonance: In spite of the critics being most unfavorable to it, the film actually has respectable audience ratings on sites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: While many moments blend with Tearjerker, several parts are unconditionally sweet. A standout scene is where Sam figures out that Lucy has been hiding her reading ability from him. Lucy tells Sam she doesn't want to read if he can't read, but he says that he loves seeing her read and grow and that it makes him happy.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Nowadays the only time someone ever brings up the film is due to the Tropic Thunder reference.
  • Glurge: Many viewers felt that the movie was not only blatant Oscar Bait, but way too emotionally manipulative and anvilicious to truly work.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Roger Ebert (and many viewers) felt that however well intentioned Sam was, he was simply incapable of raising a child, and that Lucy should have gone to a foster family.
    • Except she did go to a foster family, and eventually Sam helps to raise her with them.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: While the film is often accused of exaggerating too much for the sake of drama, there are some mentally handicapped people who share Sam's frustration with trying their absolute hardest to be a functioning member of society and, for whatever reason, failing no matter what.
  • Tearjerker: Nearly all the way.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not For Kids?: I am Sam. Sam I am. Make absolutely sure you don't get confused by that.