Amazing Grace Reviews

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
March 23, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
March 23, 2007
The movie emerges in the end as a stirring and -- cover your ears, kids -- educational ode to the political power an individual with a cause can inflict on the morally bankrupt status quo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 23, 2007
So much to admire and so little to amaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
March 23, 2007
Accessibility is one of the movie's virtues: without dumbing down, it makes the workings of Parliament seem as gripping as a good suspense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
March 23, 2007
Grufudd is fine, passionate and single-minded, though overly Romantic, and quietly upstaged by the extraordinary Benedict Cumberbatch.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 22, 2007
It is one of the world's great songs, and now it has a worthy movie to go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 20, 2007
Amazing Grace's examination of men in power moved to change risks ridicule and righteousness for a smart take on history.
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
March 19, 2007
There's so much story here that the characters don't have quite enough room to breathe, but it's still a fascinating look at a time, and a man, worth remembering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 13, 2007
Illuminates how key transformative historical moments play out in the business of everyday life.
March 9, 2007
All the elements work harmoniously together: beautiful settings, an extremely talented cast who bring the characters to life, gorgeous costuming and a rich script that informs and delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
March 9, 2007
"Amazing" indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
March 7, 2007
History as one might wish it to be taught to an earnest child.
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
March 3, 2007
Amazing Grace marks an unforgettable and regrettable time in world history while highlighting a few who valiantly set out to right the wrongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 1, 2007
AMAZING GRACE is a second-class film on a first-class theme. The film smolders for almost two hours without ever catching emotional fire. Some enormous liberties were taken with history.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 1, 2007
Perhaps more Masterpiece Theatre than motion picture, Amazing Grace nevertheless tells a story that's compelling enough to compensate for the occasional stuffiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
March 1, 2007
Don't miss this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 28, 2007
One of the nobler 'based on true events' efforts I've seen in some time, one of the most entertaining and a fine example of the work of a master-craftsman filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 26, 2007
Chimes in for freedom, but rarely hits the high notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
February 26, 2007
...ponderous and relentlessly padded in its moral morass... Grace manages to work effectively as a crusading costume drama drenched in consciousness and conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 26, 2007
As square as this movie is, it has been made with eloquence and jaunty high spirits, and it tells a good story that is virtually unknown here.
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