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Amazing Grace Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Amazing Grace proves to be an invaluable history lesson, but a rather boring film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Heather Huntington
August 21, 2008
I'm not sure what was a bigger problem for me, though--that the story jumped around so much, or that the tone did, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 12, 2008
There's a lot of good intentions behind Amazing Grace, but the movie's a bore, swirling into the minutia of antiquated British law.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Who'd have thought that the most compelling and thoughtful film to be presented during Black History Month would be a formal British import set in 18th century England with men running around in wigs?
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 22, 2007
Skilfully written and directed, the film is an involving drama, even if it's overly worthy and sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
September 22, 2007
Impressively directed, politically relevant and occasionally inspirational, this is an enjoyable, engaging drama with strong performances from its talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
September 22, 2007
A fascinating story, a great cast, but average in its presentation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 22, 2007
Apted's unexpected crowd-pleaser is inspirational, but also surprisingly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
September 22, 2007
It's neither amazing nor graceful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Peter Bradshaw
September 22, 2007
A decent cast under Michael Apted's direction does its best, but it's dull, naive and dramatically inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 22, 2007
A very decent contribution to the present bicentennial celebrations of the parliamentary bill that outlawed the slave trade in the British empire.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 22, 2007
A good -- and important -- story, not always well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
September 22, 2007
As a period piece, it's remarkably detailed, smartly written, and likably acted.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 20, 2007
While there is plenty to hold our interest in William Wilberforce's noble battle to abolish slavery in 18th Century Britain, as a film, Amazing Grace is overzealous and gets bogged down by details
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
Amazing Grace thoughtfully explores the issue of slavery without sermonizing or losing sight of the fact that modern audiences still need to connect with relatable characters no matter how important the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
While the subject matter is ripe for investigation, the film isn't quite up to the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
Apted directs with a firm hand and the film has been gorgeously shot by Remi Adefarasin. The large cast is generally good, with Gruffudd serving as the strong anchor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 31, 2007
the film, like its central character, is resolute in its objective. Perhaps too resolute.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Julia Buckley
March 30, 2007
Gruffudd's Wilberforce lacks charisma and the House of Commons scenes are interminable. Worthy shouldn't mean dull. What a waste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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