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Amazing Grace Reviews

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February 21, 2007
Apted is without a doubt one of the foremost documentarians working today. His Up Series represents a cinematic hallmark. His feature credits are less certain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 22, 2007
Steven Knight's ponderous script is front-loaded with expository deep background and stuffed into an awkward structure that lumbers back and forth between Wilberforce the early idealist and Wilberforce the broken man.
February 22, 2007
The rhythms [director Michael Apted and editor Rick Shaine] establish are jumpy and unsteady, afraid of allowing a scene to breathe and flow naturally. If the script were more alive, these matters of visual technique would matter less. But not much less.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2006
The political maneuverings are of some historical interest, but modern relevancy is hard to find.
February 22, 2007
Gruffudd and the amazing cast give performances that would make this film more useful in teaching drama school than in teaching social studies.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 22, 2007
How could Michael Apted, who directed those towering pillars of truth the 7 Up documentaries, make a movie as bogus as Amazing Grace?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2010
Amazing Grace proves to be an invaluable history lesson, but a rather boring film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
September 22, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
March 7, 2007
History as one might wish it to be taught to an earnest child.
February 23, 2007
Characters are so imprisoned by the movie's need to drive home its antislavery message that they become utterly lifeless. Pretty pictures abound in Amazing Grace, but they don't serve to illustrate any ideas or emotions worth wrestling with.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2007
What makes William Wilberforce a great man is also what makes him a bore: He's possessed of such intractable single-mindedness and confidence in the rightness of his ideals that we can't help but wish he would lay aside saving the world for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
February 22, 2007
As written by Steven Knight, it seems so taken with Wilberforce's moral magnificence, it forgets to involve the audience, too.
February 22, 2007
Like Steven Spielberg's glossy Amistad before it, Amazing Grace shies away from the texture and complexity of color, scurrying instead for the safer platitudes of black and white -- good and evil.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 23, 2007
It's a doughty movie, stuck halfway between Masterpiece Theatre and Classics Illustrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 15, 2007
TV in vision, structure and execution. To think feature film as a delivery vehicle for it is more ambitious than this telling of a worthy, under-appreciated story justifies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 21, 2007
It leaves the blood unstirred.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 26, 2007
Chimes in for freedom, but rarely hits the high notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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