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The Amazing Grace Reviews

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May 16, 2013
Very poor story telling... and a massive rewrite of history for the sake of the movies plot. A really dreadful watch and a terrible place to get your history. Everyone should remember that movies are story telling... and, even when based on historic events and individuals, the movies are most often wrong on the facts.
January 5, 2011
Well intentioned but amateurish attempt to move the viewer, while failing to recognize that the subject matter (a man's conversion from slaver to emancipator) itself is plenty dramatic -- just tell the story, straight, no chaser!

The acting is wooden, the camera set-ups are uninspired and TV-like, and the costume and set design fairly shout "Student film!" Everything is too clean, the native women wear modest tops in an ecuatorial climate, and everyone looks like they just stepped out of the make-up trailer in Burbank.

And the notion that the song "Amazing Grace" itself is a cribbing of an African melody is a flat falsehood. The instantly recognizable melody is from the 1835 song, "New Britain," though the lyrics predated it by over 50 years. The way the filmmakers attempt to connect the melody to African folk music is cynical and manipulative.

A great story always moves the audience. Newton's real story is far more compelling than the one told in this film. It has all the required elements of a great motion picture, but the filmmakers -- obviously spiritual amateurs themselves -- did not understand or trust the Spirit when they made this film.

If they were sincere, five stars for trying. If not, zero.

But the film itself? Two stars for a botched effort with no excuse available in the source material.
March 24, 2010
Terribly made and stupidly written. This reeks of the Hallmark Channel.
½ December 29, 2009
Pretty uneventfull. Good movie - British politics....ha.
June 16, 2009
true story love the way it showed power of praise and prayer but not the end
January 1, 2009
This was an excellent movie. I would recommend it to anyone!
November 19, 2008
its a good movie, see it.
½ September 20, 2008
A powerful movie that will move your heart.
August 23, 2008
It was pretty interesting to actually find out how the hymn Amazing Grace was actually written.
½ June 23, 2008
Good history, poor quality. The lead actors are fine but the role actors are unbearable. In the end a girl is shot and killed but you can see her feet moving as people look down to her supposed dead body.
April 9, 2008
I love old movies like this
April 8, 2008
This movie really touched my heart in regards to God's AMAZING GRACE! A MUST SEE!!!
March 28, 2008
The story starts a bit slow but stick with it. Very good story.
½ February 24, 2008
some scenes in this movie are really touching. watch it
January 30, 2008
"the greatest inspirational movie I have seen so far. impresively directed and excellent performances"
January 19, 2008
A great inspirational movie. A great family movie to watch with older kids.
December 9, 2007
Phenomenal!! Proud of this Nollywood Production!!
½ December 6, 2007
Very great movie.....it stimulates thoughts. There shouldn't be racial discrimination.
September 5, 2007
Very Touching, Very good, Very recommended
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