Opening

90% Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 01
81% Get On Up Aug 01
88% Calvary Aug 01
0% Behaving Badly Aug 01
36% Child Of God Aug 01

Top Box Office

60% Lucy $43.9M
63% Hercules $29.8M
91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $16.8M
57% The Purge: Anarchy $10.5M
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue $9.5M
18% Sex Tape $6.1M
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $4.7M
16% And So It Goes $4.6M
24% Tammy $3.5M
90% A Most Wanted Man $2.7M

Coming Soon

—— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aug 08
78% Step Up: All In Aug 08
—— Into The Storm Aug 08
—— The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 08
87% What If Aug 08

The Killing

—— The Killing: Season 4

New Episodes Tonight

100% The Almighty Johnsons: Season 1
61% Crossbones: Season 1
82% Girl Meets World: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

100% Defiance: Season 2
40% Dominion: Season 1
41% Gang Related: Season 1
86% Maron: Season 2
56% Married: Season 1
94% Rectify: Season 2
—— Rookie Blue: Season 5
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
41% Working the Engels: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

39 Pounds of Love Reviews

Page 1 of 2
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

If one ignores the excesses, 39 Pounds of Love becomes a road trip worth taking.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's not quite on the level of Enron, or even other disability-themed nominees such as Murderball. But with a subject like Ami Ankilewitz, nitpicking seems out of the question.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

So inherently poignant, a conservative approach would have been wise.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 12, 2006

This leaves you wanting to know more about Ami, and at the same time feeling a bit cheated that they didn't give you enough.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Stirring, sobering, and manipulative enough to be slightly suspect.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 10, 2005
John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

An uplifting documentary.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

39 Pounds of Love is a heavyweight emotional champion. Although deserving such adjectives as lovely, loving and inspiring, the documentary steers clear of cloying excess.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

December 8, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

None of this is intended to detract from the courage and will of Ami Ankilewitz. His life is extraordinary. But he has not been well served by the documentarians.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 8, 2005
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's clear that Ami is no one to pity. Despite what might seem overwhelming physical handicaps, he's able to achieve and enjoy more, and relate more effectively to the people around him, than at least 90 percent of his 'normal' fellow humans.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 8, 2005
Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com

quietly powerful

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 5, 2005
Les Wright
culturevulture.net

Ami seems to be very much The Poster Boy for himself, but not for the severely disabled in general, even though this will easily, if erroneously, be read into the film.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

December 3, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

... a heart-tugger that, although highly inspirational, has a strongly orchestrated quality.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 2, 2005
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Its intimate, home-movie feel might fit better on the small screen when HBO/Cinemax slots it on the cable schedule.

December 2, 2005

E! Online

Despite an anticlimactic finale and a flimsy storyline, there are enough endearing moments of hope and redemption here to keep 39 Pounds worth its weight.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B-

December 2, 2005
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Pound for pound, Ami is a heavyweight.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

December 1, 2005
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Despite Menkin's clear belief that he's crafted a rousing true-life drama, his film plays like a cliché-ridden, painfully self-conscious Hollywood melodrama about a noble person with disabilities.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 1, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

In moments that have nothing to do with representing the weight of love (whatever that is), the film comes alive: when Ami Ankilewitz isn't a symbol -- just a man who, for instance, loves a woman.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

November 30, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

As its sappy title indicates, Dani Menkin's uneven documentary about an Israeli man with severe muscular dystrophy suffers from that all-too-common affliction: the need to sentimentalize courage in the face of extreme illness.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 28, 2005
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Mid-life crisis takes on a completely new meaning when a skin and bones muscular dystrophy victim risks death for one last Harley ride and a bus to the Grand Canyon.

| Original Score: 7/10

November 28, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...Ami's 'message to the world,' that with a love for life anything can be accomplished, frankly feels cliched and entirely overblown as presented here.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

November 25, 2005
Page 1 of 2
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile