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39 Pounds of Love Reviews

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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
November 21, 2005
A cursory sketch rather than a full-bodied portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
November 23, 2005
Menkins use of the soundtrack as a blunt instrument, his exploitation of his subject, the stagey conversations between family members and the squeezing of any emotional moment by the throat until it stops moving, are what make this film almost unwatchable
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 10, 2005
Stirring, sobering, and manipulative enough to be slightly suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
November 21, 2005
39 Pounds of Love simplifies its subject until all that's left is a name and a cloying score.
November 23, 2005
Watching the filmmakers scurry about to record every last tear, I couldn't help but feel that this twisted little man was being exploited.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2005
Dani Menkin's documentary tracks his odyssey, which by nature is hard to be cynical about. Still, the feature feels padded even at 70 minutes.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
November 23, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 17, 2005
A determined young Israeli man with a rare form of muscular dystrophy fulfills his dreams in a daring trip to America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
November 23, 2005
While more video diary than polished documentary, it's nonetheless an absorbing, painful, and inspiring look at Ami's impossible trek across the United States to find the misguided doctor who once predicted he wouldn't live past the age of six.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2005
Ami Ankilewitz is the movie star of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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