October 07, 1985 12:00 PM

CBS (Tues., Oct. 8, 9 p.m. ET)

C

Kristy McNichol plays a poor kid who has dyslexia, ends up in reform school but then learns to read and becomes a doctor. The kid deserves a pat on the back, not a movie. The script is filled with smarmy, sophomoric sap: “Come on, Mary, give the system a chance.” The story, though true, lacks drama, and its chronology leaps along like a broken-down Beetle with a bad clutch. Kristy and her cast try hard to give the material life, but this movie was DOA.

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