Amazing Grace Reviews

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September 22, 2007
Apted's unexpected crowd-pleaser is inspirational, but also surprisingly entertaining.
September 22, 2007
It's neither amazing nor graceful.
September 22, 2007
A decent cast under Michael Apted's direction does its best, but it's dull, naive and dramatically inert.
September 22, 2007
A good -- and important -- story, not always well told.
March 23, 2007
It is to be hoped that Amazing Grace is not the only, or the last, cinematic celebration of 200th anniversary of abolition, for there are more stories to tell, more imaginatively.
March 23, 2007
So much to admire and so little to amaze.
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.
March 23, 2007
Grufudd is fine, passionate and single-minded, though overly Romantic, and quietly upstaged by the extraordinary Benedict Cumberbatch.
February 26, 2007
As square as this movie is, it has been made with eloquence and jaunty high spirits, and it tells a good story that is virtually unknown here.
February 23, 2007
Amazing Grace, a prettified take on the life and times of the 18th-century reformer William Wilberforce, carries a strong whiff of piety. It isn't a bad smell; there are notes of roses and treacle in the mix, but also elements of sweat and pain.
February 23, 2007
A detailed, affecting biography of one of the great souls who moved humanity forward.
February 23, 2007
Amazing Grace isn't quite an accurate title for this entertaining history lesson, but no one will ever write a song titled 'Amazing 20-Year Period of Parliamentary Maneuvering to End Britain's Role in the Slave Trade.'
February 23, 2007
Michael Apted's compelling and highly informative Amazing Grace is an apt celebration of America's Black History Month, even though its story takes place in England.
February 23, 2007
Director Michael Apted tells the story with dry devotion to parliamentary procedurals and a worshipful approach to Wilberforce. But [actor] Gruffudd lacks the intensity and charisma to pull it off.
February 23, 2007
Amazing Grace is the stuff of great lessons and inspiration and hope, and if it's all delivered with a bit too much moral push, well, moral push apparently was what William Wilberforce was all about. There's another word for such dweebs: Heroes.
February 23, 2007
Director Michael Apted has turned out a movie that might be best described as faithful, both in its attention to accuracy and in its acknowledgement of the role faith played in righting one of the great social wrongs.
February 23, 2007
In building his movie around a single issue, Apted succeeds in capturing a rough-and-tumble side to politics that never feels too far removed from our own day.
February 23, 2007
I'm sure [director] Apted meant well, but Amazing Grace comes across as a surprisingly graceless biopic narrowed down to one white man's uncomfortable burden.
February 23, 2007
The film is inspiring. When Wilberforce finally achieves victory, Lord Fox makes a speech, in which the opening words, sadly, still ring true today: 'When people think of great men, rarely do they think of peaceful men.'
February 23, 2007
Screenwriter Steven Knight gracefully articulates the many domestic and international forces at work.
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