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Emmanuel's Gift Reviews

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April 4, 2006
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 3, 2006
[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...
December 6, 2005
...a wonderfully inspiring film about overcoming disabilities and not forgetting others who also share your problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 29, 2005
While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner.
November 24, 2005
Oprah Winfrey is almost too good at narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2005
Emmanuel's Gift is certainly not a bad movie. It's just a case of good intentions unintentionally interfering with a great story.
Read More | Original Score: B-
October 28, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2005
Unfortunately, the sound-bite journalism of filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern glosses over the larger unanswered questions in the documentary.
October 21, 2005
Yeboah is so levelheaded about his own accomplishments that the swelling score and emotional narration from Oprah Winfrey feel embarrassingly sentimental.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2005
Directed in the breathless inspirational tones of an infomercial, the film's an acceptable document of a thoroughly remarkable individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2005
Oprah Winfrey narrates, so you know this is a tear-jerking story of triumph through and through. With a little more production, heck, it could've been a sweeps-week ratings bonanza.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 20, 2005
Emmanuel's Gift is a powerful story of political change almost smothered by contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2005
Emmanuel's Gift isn't great, but the story is and so, unquestionably, is Emmanuel himself.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2005
This film becomes memorable through the sheer force of Emmanuel's personality: his ready smile, his intent gaze, his fierce resolution and the way he keeps moving forward, against all barriers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2005
Of course, cameras weren't rolling for the trip -- which garnered Emmanuel a degree of international renown -- so this hagiographic, after-the-fact documentary flounders for other angles.
October 5, 2005
Not only has Emmanuel persevered life's hard knocks but also the film's short-tempered look and sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 22, 2005
A touching and almost ridiculously inspirational story for all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2005
Tells about an amazing life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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