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39 Pounds of Love Reviews

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
January 12, 2006
So inherently poignant, a conservative approach would have been wise.
December 10, 2005
Stirring, sobering, and manipulative enough to be slightly suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2005
An uplifting documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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
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 2, 2005
... a heart-tugger that, although highly inspirational, has a strongly orchestrated quality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 2, 2005
Its intimate, home-movie feel might fit better on the small screen when HBO/Cinemax slots it on the cable schedule.
December 1, 2005
Pound for pound, Ami is a heavyweight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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 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-
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
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
November 23, 2005
39 Pounds of Love presents a bracingly honest yet poetic portrait of a man refusing to be defined by the limitations of his body.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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 21, 2005
39 Pounds of Love simplifies its subject until all that's left is a name and a cloying score.
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.