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39 Pounds of Love Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
If one ignores the excesses, 39 Pounds of Love becomes a road trip worth taking.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 12, 2006
So inherently poignant, a conservative approach would have been wise.
December 14, 2005
This leaves you wanting to know more about Ami, and at the same time feeling a bit cheated that they didn't give you enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 10, 2005
Stirring, sobering, and manipulative enough to be slightly suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
December 9, 2005
An uplifting documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2005
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 | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2005
It's clear that Ami is no one to pity. Despite what might seem overwhelming physical handicaps, he's able to achieve and enjoy more, and relate more effectively to the people around him, than at least 90 percent of his 'normal' fellow humans.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com
December 5, 2005
quietly powerful
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
December 3, 2005
Ami seems to be very much The Poster Boy for himself, but not for the severely disabled in general, even though this will easily, if erroneously, be read into the film.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2005
... a heart-tugger that, although highly inspirational, has a strongly orchestrated quality.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
December 2, 2005
Its intimate, home-movie feel might fit better on the small screen when HBO/Cinemax slots it on the cable schedule.

E! Online
December 2, 2005
Despite an anticlimactic finale and a flimsy storyline, there are enough endearing moments of hope and redemption here to keep 39 Pounds worth its weight.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 1, 2005
Pound for pound, Ami is a heavyweight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
December 1, 2005
Despite Menkin's clear belief that he's crafted a rousing true-life drama, his film plays like a cliché-ridden, painfully self-conscious Hollywood melodrama about a noble person with disabilities.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 30, 2005
In moments that have nothing to do with representing the weight of love (whatever that is), the film comes alive: when Ami Ankilewitz isn't a symbol -- just a man who, for instance, loves a woman.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 28, 2005
As its sappy title indicates, Dani Menkin's uneven documentary about an Israeli man with severe muscular dystrophy suffers from that all-too-common affliction: the need to sentimentalize courage in the face of extreme illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 28, 2005
Mid-life crisis takes on a completely new meaning when a skin and bones muscular dystrophy victim risks death for one last Harley ride and a bus to the Grand Canyon.
| Original Score: 7/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 25, 2005
...Ami's 'message to the world,' that with a love for life anything can be accomplished, frankly feels cliched and entirely overblown as presented here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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