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Amazing Grace Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 6, 2010
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

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.

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 5/10

August 21, 2008
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

March 12, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

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?

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 7/10

February 28, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 22, 2007
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

September 22, 2007
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Apted's unexpected crowd-pleaser is inspirational, but also surprisingly entertaining.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 22, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

September 22, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It's neither amazing nor graceful.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

September 22, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

September 22, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A good -- and important -- story, not always well told.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 22, 2007
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

September 22, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 20, 2007
Stax
IGN Movies

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.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: C+

June 21, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

May 7, 2007
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

March 31, 2007
Julia Buckley
thelondonpaper

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

Full Review Source: thelondonpaper | Original Score: 2/5

March 30, 2007
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 29, 2007
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