39 Pounds of Love (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

39 Pounds of Love (2005)

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Critic Consensus: 39 Pounds of Love is a heart-tugger that often crosses the line between uplifting and sappy.

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Ami Ankilewitz was born a normal child, but he contracted a rare form of muscular dystrophy when quite young and was not expected to live past the age of six. Ankilewitz managed to beat the odds, and at the age of 34, he was alive and living with his disabilities; despite weighing only 39 pounds and having very limited mobility, Ankilewitz worked as a digital animator in Israel, and had fallen in love with Christina, one of the caregivers who looked after him. When Ankilewitz's romance with Christina fell apart around the same time he turned 34, he decided it was time to make a few of his long-time dreams come true -- Ankilewitz wanted to see the United States, ride a motorcycle, and see the doctor who years ago had told him he would not live past six. Given his fragile condition, making Ankilewitz's wish a reality was no small accomplishment, and 39 Pounds of Love is a documentary which follows Ankilewitz and his crew as they worked out the logistics of bringing him to America, as well as their coast-to-coast journey to reunite Ankilewitz with his childhood doctor. Extensive examples of Ankilewitz's animation are also included in the film.

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Critic Reviews for 39 Pounds of Love

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (18)

It's not quite on the level of Enron, or even other disability-themed nominees such as Murderball. But with a subject like Ami Ankilewitz, nitpicking seems out of the question.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
Denver Post
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So inherently poignant, a conservative approach would have been wise.

Full Review… | January 12, 2006
Washington Post
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Stirring, sobering, and manipulative enough to be slightly suspect.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005
Boston Globe
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An uplifting documentary.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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39 Pounds of Love is a heavyweight emotional champion. Although deserving such adjectives as lovely, loving and inspiring, the documentary steers clear of cloying excess.

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Dallas Morning News
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None of this is intended to detract from the courage and will of Ami Ankilewitz. His life is extraordinary. But he has not been well served by the documentarians.

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for 39 Pounds of Love

Love it or hate it, you'll never forget it. It is a decision that you really need to make for yourself... See it prepared to laugh and don't forget the kleenex... :fresh:

Jennifer Jensen
Jennifer Jensen

This film made me glad to be alive. Watching Ami overcome his life circumstance made me feel like I could overcome anything. No whimpering allowed!

Glen Liberty
Glen Liberty

A great uplifting movie. Ami inspires us all to remember our purpose and find gratitude in life and our natural will to life. I encourage all to view the film and be uplifted.

Rob Greiner
Rob Greiner

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