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      Penguin Bloom

      2020 1h 35m Drama List
      67% Tomatometer 87 Reviews 82% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In 2013, Samantha Bloom (two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), her husband Cameron (The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln) and their three sons left their home in Australia for a holiday in Thailand. While enjoying a view, Sam fell off of a rooftop due to what was later determined to be a rotted railing... breaking her vertebrae in two places. Paralyzed from the chest down, Sam -- a lifelong outdoorswoman, surfer, and traveler -- was unrecognizable to herself, and spent long months in a depression that made her question who she could be in the world and in her own family. A year later, her children brought home a wounded baby magpie they found. Warily eyeing the black-and-white bird the kids affectionately named "Penguin," Sam bonded with the household's new member, beginning a process of emotional healing that surprised her husband and sons, her mother (Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver), and herself. PENGUIN BLOOM tells the amazing true story of renewal that occurred when a woman whose life seemed shattered found hope and purpose in her family's love -- and in a bird on its own journey of recovery. Read More Read Less Watch on Netflix Stream Now

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      Penguin Bloom's fact-based story could have been adapted with greater nuance, but strong work from Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln adds some much-needed heart.

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      Robert Levin Newsday There's a thin line between feel-good entertainment and hokum. While Penguin Bloom never quite slips into the latter, it comes awfully close. Rated: 2/4 Feb 5, 2021 Full Review Thelma Adams AARP Movies for Grownups While it's all a bit on the nose, that nose will be running, and hankies coming. Rated: 3/5 Jan 29, 2021 Full Review Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times Watts is such a chameleon of an actress, such a pro at slipping into a vast array of roles without drawing attention to the mechanics of her work, that we almost take for granted how damn good she is - and she delivers beautiful and resonant work as Sam. Rated: 3/4 Jan 28, 2021 Full Review M.N. Miller Music City Drive-In The heartwarming fuzzy feelings that the genre is built on never take flight for Penguin Bloom. Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 4, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies It follows a tried-and-true feel-good formula that hits the normal beats and ends right where you expect. Yet it still makes for good viewing because of the heart-warming true story and the wonderful performances that bring it to the screen. Rated: 3/5 Aug 17, 2022 Full Review Dan Bayer Next Best Picture While the plot may be rote, the high level of craftsmanship keeps it engaging. Rated: 7/10 May 13, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Arthur A I loved the performances of all the cast including the magpie, but it's disturbing. Naomi Watt's' acting is next level. She's able to portray a paraplegic person so realistically and all of the supporting cast is really good. Great movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/28/23 Full Review Ball S Penguin Bloom isn't much more than a collection of bog standard disability narrative tropes filtered partially through the lenses of the people surrounding the person affected. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/09/23 Full Review O C While the plot may be rote, the high level of craftsmanship keeps it engaging. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/09/23 Full Review Ming A little boring movie. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 04/09/23 Full Review Davjs C Good content, good and worth watching Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/29/23 Full Review Ceta P A heartwarming and inspiring true story brought to life by Naomi Watts' brilliant performance and stunning visuals Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 2013, Samantha Bloom (two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), her husband Cameron (The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln) and their three sons left their home in Australia for a holiday in Thailand. While enjoying a view, Sam fell off of a rooftop due to what was later determined to be a rotted railing... breaking her vertebrae in two places. Paralyzed from the chest down, Sam -- a lifelong outdoorswoman, surfer, and traveler -- was unrecognizable to herself, and spent long months in a depression that made her question who she could be in the world and in her own family. A year later, her children brought home a wounded baby magpie they found. Warily eyeing the black-and-white bird the kids affectionately named "Penguin," Sam bonded with the household's new member, beginning a process of emotional healing that surprised her husband and sons, her mother (Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver), and herself. PENGUIN BLOOM tells the amazing true story of renewal that occurred when a woman whose life seemed shattered found hope and purpose in her family's love -- and in a bird on its own journey of recovery.
      Director
      Glendyn Ivin
      Producer
      Emma Cooper, Steve Hutensky, Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea, Naomi Watts
      Screenwriter
      Shaun Grant, Harry Cripps
      Production Co
      Made Up Stories, Broadtalk
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 27, 2021
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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