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While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner.
Emmanuel's Gift is certainly not a bad movie. It's just a case of good intentions unintentionally interfering with a great story.
A documentary about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a one-legged young man from Ghana, Africa, who overcame his handicap to ride a bicycle across his country, among other amazing achievements.
Yeboah is so levelheaded about his own accomplishments that the swelling score and emotional narration from Oprah Winfrey feel embarrassingly sentimental.
Directed in the breathless inspirational tones of an infomercial, the film's an acceptable document of a thoroughly remarkable individual.
Emmanuel's Gift is a powerful story of political change almost smothered by contrivance.
[It] is essentially a too-long overcoming-the-odds clip that helps fill up a hole or two in the Olympics TV schedule. Back to you, Bob Costas.
[E]xtra poignant not just because it's true but also because of the refusal of directors Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern to pander to easy sentiment or to place Yeboah on a pedestal of superhumanity...
...a wonderfully inspiring film about overcoming disabilities and not forgetting others who also share your problems.
An inspiring documentary about a charismatic and determined young man who almost single-handedly has changed the way the disabled are treated in Ghana, Africa.
Oprah Winfrey is almost too good at narration.
Unfortunately, the sound-bite journalism of filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern glosses over the larger unanswered questions in the documentary.
Inspirational documentary about Emmanuel, a one legged man from Ghana, Africa. He not only overcame his own disabilities but became a champion for the disabled in his country.
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