A Walk to Beautiful Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 31, 2009
A powerful, resonant, cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Jennifer Merin
About.com
May 26, 2009
Five young Ethiopian women doomed to social ostracism and physical misery because of 'obstetric fistulas' walk miles to get treatment and reclaim their lives, and in doing so, march straight into our hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 21, 2008
... a beautiful and uplifting film...[and] Ethiopia has never appeared more beautiful than in this film's cinematography by Smith, Tony Hardmon and Jerry Risius.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 29, 2008
Will leave you speechless two times over -- first with despair, then with joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 21, 2008
The filmmakers' restraint is admirable in this era of overheated editorializing.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
February 10, 2008
This is the real life that young African natives face, emotionally told by 5 young women, devastated and isolated by obstetric fistula, and their hopeful search for a cure.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 8, 2008
[Director Mary Olive] Smith makes no pretense of keeping a dispassionate distance from her subject: Her film is an unabashed call to action that shines a spotlight on a problem whose intimate medical nature relegated it to the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
February 8, 2008
A complex and quietly devastating indictment of chauvinist societies that see women as lovers, mothers and servants, and treat anyone who canā(TM)t fulfill those roles as a nonperson.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
February 8, 2008
Walk to Beautiful is a tender, evocative documentary...not an enraged film, it's one of optimism and education.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 8, 2008
It is difficult not to be moved by the women's medical progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 8, 2008
An enlightening documentary about a serious problem in Ethiopia suffered by poor women who have had obstructed pregnancies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com
February 7, 2008
Had it stuck with more of the community on which it was based, and less on how generous a few foreign doctors are, it would be easier to remember and root for the individual women by their names.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
February 7, 2008
Fernando Meirelles take note: an honest and unvarnished portrayal of your subject, no matter the intended audience, is the most optimal path toward enlightenment and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Raphaela Weissman
New York Press
February 6, 2008
Lushly photographed and carried along by a spirited score featuring both Ethiopian and Western music, but the film's most striking element proves to be the women at its center.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 5, 2008
Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher feel no need to overlay this health-care calamity with pious outrage.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
January 31, 2008
Has the gentle feel of traditional anthropology.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 8, 2008
If pic's B.O. potential seems slight, the same can't be said of the film's impact on awareness of Africa, altruism and the lifelong misery caused by reparable medical conditions in areas where the closest road can mean a three-day hike.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 4, 2008
A most righteous cause, but one has to wonder if this is a documentary film, or an infomercial for the subject hospital
| Original Score: 5/10
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 8, 2008
At times, it becomes reminiscent of the well-meaning but racist documentaries of the distant past and suffers from an unintentionally patronizing Nanook of the North syndrome.
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