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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
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 22, 2005
Unfortunately, the sound-bite journalism of filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern glosses over the larger unanswered questions in the documentary.
November 29, 2005
While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner.
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
November 24, 2005
Oprah Winfrey is almost too good at narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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...
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 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
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 20, 2005
Emmanuel's Gift is a powerful story of political change almost smothered by contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
March 8, 2005
Tells about an amazing life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2005
A touching and almost ridiculously inspirational story for all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2005
Yeboah is so levelheaded about his own accomplishments that the swelling score and emotional narration from Oprah Winfrey feel embarrassingly sentimental.
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+
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