Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.
| Original Score: 3/5
Amazing Grace proves to be an invaluable history lesson, but a rather boring film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
There's a lot of good intentions behind Amazing Grace, but the movie's a bore, swirling into the minutia of antiquated British law.
| Original Score: 2/5
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?
| Original Score: 7/10
Skilfully written and directed, the film is an involving drama, even if it's overly worthy and sentimental.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Impressively directed, politically relevant and occasionally inspirational, this is an enjoyable, engaging drama with strong performances from its talented cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Apted's unexpected crowd-pleaser is inspirational, but also surprisingly entertaining.
| Original Score: B
A very decent contribution to the present bicentennial celebrations of the parliamentary bill that outlawed the slave trade in the British empire.
It's neither amazing nor graceful.
| Original Score: 2/6
A decent cast under Michael Apted's direction does its best, but it's dull, naive and dramatically inert.
A good -- and important -- story, not always well told.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As a period piece, it's remarkably detailed, smartly written, and likably acted.
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
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.
While the subject matter is ripe for investigation, the film isn't quite up to the challenge.
| Original Score: C+
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.
the film, like its central character, is resolute in its objective. Perhaps too resolute.
Gruffudd's Wilberforce lacks charisma and the House of Commons scenes are interminable. Worthy shouldn't mean dull. What a waste.
Michael Apted channels history, but Grace is amazing for the modern sensibilities of its 18th-century saints.