Get ready to have your heart stolen by this sun-baked and achingly felt southern adventure that is as captivating as the scenic river deltas and rural woods that make up its evocative setting. This true American odyssey begins when Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, escapes from the nursing home he’s grown up in to pursue his dream of attending the wrestling camp of his hero, The Salt Water Redneck. When his path crosses with Tyler, an outlaw haunted by his own past, an unlikely but unbreakable partnership is formed, and they set out—like a modern-day Huck Finn. This sweet yet offbeat buddy caper from the people who brought you Little Miss Sunshine is a gem in and of itself, but add to it the outstanding performances by newcomer Zak Gottsagen (the inspiration for the movie after the filmmakers met him at a drama camp), the incomparable Shia LaBeouf (in seriously one of his best performances ever), as well as the high profile turns by Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, and Thomas Hayden Church, and you get a touching and memorable fable of burgeoning joy.
"'The Peanut Butter Falcon' is charming, enveloping, and an absolute joy." - The Wrap
"'The Peanut Butter Falcon' refuses to condescend to its star and tells a story that’s authentic to the life and experiences of adults with Down Syndrome." - Film Threat
"There's something at work in 'The Peanut Butter Falcon,' something eccentric and exuberant. Nilson and Schwartz's devotion to the details of Zac's world highlights Gottsagen's funny and intelligent performance, giving the film an authenticity it wouldn't otherwise have." - RogerEbert.com
"By keeping the humor rooted in the performances and only letting sentimentality creep in when necessary, Nelson and Schwartz have crafted a film that feels refreshing, unique, and emotional." - The Playlist
"LaBeouf brings the soul to 'The Peanut Butter Falcon,' while Gottsagen brings the spirit." - Los Angeles Times