• Unrated, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Mary Olive Smith
    In Theaters:
    Feb 8, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 12, 2008
  • Engel Entertainment


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A Walk to Beautiful Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A powerful, resonant, cautionary tale.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 80/100

December 31, 2009
Jennifer Merin

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 Source: About.com | Original Score: 5/5

May 26, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh

... 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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 8/10

September 21, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Will leave you speechless two times over -- first with despair, then with joy.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 29, 2008
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The filmmakers' restraint is admirable in this era of overheated editorializing.

February 21, 2008
Tony Medley

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 Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 10/10

February 10, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2008
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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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

February 8, 2008
Brian Orndorf

Walk to Beautiful is a tender, evocative documentary...not an enraged film, it's one of optimism and education.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: B+

February 8, 2008
Phil Hall
Film Threat

It is difficult not to be moved by the women's medical progress.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An enlightening documentary about a serious problem in Ethiopia suffered by poor women who have had obstructed pregnancies.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2008
Rachel Gordon

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

February 7, 2008
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
Time Out New York
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Smith's film is a pure, unabashed humanitarian call to action, but her subjects are eloquent and her cause unimpeachable.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

February 7, 2008
Raphaela Weissman
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

February 6, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher feel no need to overlay this health-care calamity with pious outrage.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 5, 2008
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

Has the gentle feel of traditional anthropology.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 31, 2008
John Anderson
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 8, 2008
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

March 4, 2008
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 8, 2008
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