...I Am Sam is a feelgood crowdpleaser.
...the affection between father and daughter is so real it's almost a character in itself.
Sam loves his daughter more than anyone else, and she loves him, but it will take more than love for him to see her through grade school and adolescence and out into the world.
...Penn does wonders with the film's preposterous material.
...standout is Dakota Fanning, who, in her first significant motion picture part, manages to be irrepressibly cute without becoming irritating.