Emmanuel's Gift Reviews

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David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
April 4, 2006
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
October 18, 2005
Of course, cameras weren't rolling for the trip -- which garnered Emmanuel a degree of international renown -- so this hagiographic, after-the-fact documentary flounders for other angles.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
October 22, 2005
Unfortunately, the sound-bite journalism of filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern glosses over the larger unanswered questions in the documentary.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 29, 2005
While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 6, 2005
...a wonderfully inspiring film about overcoming disabilities and not forgetting others who also share your problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 24, 2005
Oprah Winfrey is almost too good at narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 20, 2005
Emmanuel's Gift isn't great, but the story is and so, unquestionably, is Emmanuel himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 3, 2006
[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...
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 20, 2005
This film becomes memorable through the sheer force of Emmanuel's personality: his ready smile, his intent gaze, his fierce resolution and the way he keeps moving forward, against all barriers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 21, 2005
Directed in the breathless inspirational tones of an infomercial, the film's an acceptable document of a thoroughly remarkable individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 3, 2005
Emmanuel's Gift is certainly not a bad movie. It's just a case of good intentions unintentionally interfering with a great story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 20, 2005
Emmanuel's Gift is a powerful story of political change almost smothered by contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 5, 2005
Not only has Emmanuel persevered life's hard knocks but also the film's short-tempered look and sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 28, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 8, 2005
Tells about an amazing life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
March 22, 2005
A touching and almost ridiculously inspirational story for all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 21, 2005
Yeboah is so levelheaded about his own accomplishments that the swelling score and emotional narration from Oprah Winfrey feel embarrassingly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
October 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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October 20, 2005
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