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Amazing Grace Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
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
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
March 29, 2007
Michael Apted channels history, but Grace is amazing for the modern sensibilities of its 18th-century saints.
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
March 23, 2007
The movie emerges in the end as a stirring and -- cover your ears, kids -- educational ode to the political power an individual with a cause can inflict on the morally bankrupt status quo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Leyland
March 23, 2007
Accessibility is one of the movie's virtues: without dumbing down, it makes the workings of Parliament seem as gripping as a good suspense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
March 23, 2007
Grufudd is fine, passionate and single-minded, though overly Romantic, and quietly upstaged by the extraordinary Benedict Cumberbatch.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 22, 2007
It is one of the world's great songs, and now it has a worthy movie to go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 20, 2007
Amazing Grace's examination of men in power moved to change risks ridicule and righteousness for a smart take on history.
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Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
John Powers
October 18, 2008

Irish Times
September 22, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 22, 2007
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