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Amazing Grace (2007)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 85 | Rotten: 37

Amazing Grace is your quintessential historical biopic: stately, noble, and with plenty of electrifying performances.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 14

Amazing Grace is your quintessential historical biopic: stately, noble, and with plenty of electrifying performances.



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One man's role in the long battle to outlaw slavery in the United Kingdom sets the stage for this historical drama from director Michael Apted. In 1784, 21-year-old William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) was elected to the British House of Commons, and soon established himself as a politician with a conscience. Several years later, his close friend William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch) became prime minister, and together they made a bold plan to introduce a bill banning slavery before the English


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Nov 13, 2007


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All Critics (126) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (37) | DVD (12)

Apted's unexpected crowd-pleaser is inspirational, but also surprisingly entertaining.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It's neither amazing nor graceful.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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A good -- and important -- story, not always well told.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It is to be hoped that Amazing Grace is not the only, or the last, cinematic celebration of 200th anniversary of abolition, for there are more stories to tell, more imaginatively.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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So much to admire and so little to amaze.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Grufudd is fine, passionate and single-minded, though overly Romantic, and quietly upstaged by the extraordinary Benedict Cumberbatch.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Amazing Grace proves to be an invaluable history lesson, but a rather boring film.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

I'm not sure what was a bigger problem for me, though--that the story jumped around so much, or that the tone did, too.

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source:

There's a lot of good intentions behind Amazing Grace, but the movie's a bore, swirling into the minutia of antiquated British law.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Who'd have thought that the most compelling and thoughtful film to be presented during Black History Month would be a formal British import set in 18th century England with men running around in wigs?

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

Skilfully written and directed, the film is an involving drama, even if it's overly worthy and sentimental.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Impressively directed, politically relevant and occasionally inspirational, this is an enjoyable, engaging drama with strong performances from its talented cast.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A very decent contribution to the present bicentennial celebrations of the parliamentary bill that outlawed the slave trade in the British empire.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A decent cast under Michael Apted's direction does its best, but it's dull, naive and dramatically inert.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

As a period piece, it's remarkably detailed, smartly written, and likably acted.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source:

While there is plenty to hold our interest in William Wilberforce's noble battle to abolish slavery in 18th Century Britain, as a film, Amazing Grace is overzealous and gets bogged down by details

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Amazing Grace thoughtfully explores the issue of slavery without sermonizing or losing sight of the fact that modern audiences still need to connect with relatable characters no matter how important the subject matter.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

While the subject matter is ripe for investigation, the film isn't quite up to the challenge.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Apted directs with a firm hand and the film has been gorgeously shot by Remi Adefarasin. The large cast is generally good, with Gruffudd serving as the strong anchor.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

the film, like its central character, is resolute in its objective. Perhaps too resolute.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Gruffudd's Wilberforce lacks charisma and the House of Commons scenes are interminable. Worthy shouldn't mean dull. What a waste.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

Michael Apted channels history, but Grace is amazing for the modern sensibilities of its 18th-century saints.

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Amazing Grace

Not as memorable as you'd think but a good film nonetheless. Full review later.
November 16, 2011
Thomas Bowler

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A chapter from history which is APTly supported by great performances from the actors involved, but not fluently adAPTed for the screen by Michael Apted.
January 5, 2011

Super Reviewer

This historical biopic boasts the perfect material to create a quintessential modern classic, but unfortunately it lacks soul and intensity, resulting in a rather dull experience that doesn't quite live up to the importance of its real-life character.
March 17, 2010

Super Reviewer

A story that rightfully deserves recognition for it's place in history and opens the eyes of those who do not realise exactly what people went through during the slave trade years.

Both storyline and cast were worthy enough in the making of a great film, however admittedly, I did find myself losing concentration in parts, despite the story being of great interest to me.
November 13, 2009

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