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39 Pounds of Love Reviews

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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
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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
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2005
John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
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An uplifting documentary.

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

December 9, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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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
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Rachel Gordon

quietly powerful

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 5, 2005
Les Wright

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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December 3, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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... 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
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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
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Pound for pound, Ami is a heavyweight.

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

December 1, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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
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
Gary Goldstein

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

November 23, 2005
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 23, 2005
Donald J. Levit
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Chronicles the inspirational adventure of a remarkable man.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 18, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A determined young Israeli man with a rare form of muscular dystrophy fulfills his dreams in a daring trip to America.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2005
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Ami Ankilewitz is the movie star of the year.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2005
Matt Pais
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Boston Phoenix
December 10, 2005
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