39 Pounds of Love Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
If one ignores the excesses, 39 Pounds of Love becomes a road trip worth taking.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
December 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
December 9, 2005
An uplifting documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2005
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 | Original Score: A-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com
December 5, 2005
quietly powerful
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
December 3, 2005
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.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2005
... a heart-tugger that, although highly inspirational, has a strongly orchestrated quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
December 2, 2005
Its intimate, home-movie feel might fit better on the small screen when HBO/Cinemax slots it on the cable schedule.

E! Online
December 2, 2005
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 | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 1, 2005
Pound for pound, Ami is a heavyweight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 30, 2005
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 | Original Score: B-
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 28, 2005
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
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
November 23, 2005
While more video diary than polished documentary, it's nonetheless an absorbing, painful, and inspiring look at Ami's impossible trek across the United States to find the misguided doctor who once predicted he wouldn't live past the age of six.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 23, 2005
39 Pounds of Love presents a bracingly honest yet poetic portrait of a man refusing to be defined by the limitations of his body.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 18, 2005
Chronicles the inspirational adventure of a remarkable man.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 17, 2005
A determined young Israeli man with a rare form of muscular dystrophy fulfills his dreams in a daring trip to America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 1, 2005
Ami Ankilewitz is the movie star of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
June 24, 2008

Boston Phoenix
December 10, 2005
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