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Emmanuel's Gift (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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While being born with physical handicaps presents challenges no matter where you're born or under what economic circumstances, in many respects it's even more difficult when you're raised in Ghana, a Third World nation where much of the country's population lives in severe poverty and conventional wisdom has it that those born with physical deformities have been cursed by the gods, and are fit to do little more than eke out a living as beggars. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was a 27-year-old Ghanan who

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Feb 14, 2006

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While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner.

November 29, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Emmanuel's Gift is certainly not a bad movie. It's just a case of good intentions unintentionally interfering with a great story.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A documentary about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a one-legged young man from Ghana, Africa, who overcame his handicap to ride a bicycle across his country, among other amazing achievements.

October 28, 2005
New York Post
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Yeboah is so levelheaded about his own accomplishments that the swelling score and emotional narration from Oprah Winfrey feel embarrassingly sentimental.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Directed in the breathless inspirational tones of an infomercial, the film's an acceptable document of a thoroughly remarkable individual.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Emmanuel's Gift is a powerful story of political change almost smothered by contrivance.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[It] is essentially a too-long overcoming-the-odds clip that helps fill up a hole or two in the Olympics TV schedule. Back to you, Bob Costas.

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
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[E]xtra poignant not just because it's true but also because of the refusal of directors Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern to pander to easy sentiment or to place Yeboah on a pedestal of superhumanity...

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

...a wonderfully inspiring film about overcoming disabilities and not forgetting others who also share your problems.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

An inspiring documentary about a charismatic and determined young man who almost single-handedly has changed the way the disabled are treated in Ghana, Africa.

December 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Oprah Winfrey is almost too good at narration.

November 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Unfortunately, the sound-bite journalism of filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern glosses over the larger unanswered questions in the documentary.

October 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Oprah Winfrey narrates, so you know this is a tear-jerking story of triumph through and through. With a little more production, heck, it could've been a sweeps-week ratings bonanza.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Emmanuel's Gift isn't great, but the story is and so, unquestionably, is Emmanuel himself.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Not only has Emmanuel persevered life's hard knocks but also the film's short-tempered look and sound.

October 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A touching and almost ridiculously inspirational story for all of us.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Tells about an amazing life.

March 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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