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  • Summary: Amazing Grace is based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, who, as a Member of Parliament, navigated the world of 18th Century backroom politics to end the slave trade in the British Empire. (Samuel Goldwyn Films LLC)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. An unusually satisfying and inspiring historical epic from one of contemporary cinema's best filmmakers.
  2. Fortunately, director Michael Apted and his team understand the challenges of this kind of story and have met them with intelligence and energy.
  3. 75
    This is the British way to mingle ideas and entertainment.
  4. A case of good works done well.
  5. 67
    Although the structure is clunky, the ensuing parliamentary machinations prove witty and fascinating.
  6. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    There's so much story here that the characters don't have quite enough room to breathe, but it's still a fascinating look at a time, and a man, worth remembering.
  7. [Apted] also has an unfortunate penchant for bland stateliness, and never more so than in Amazing Grace, a well-intentioned piece of historical waxworks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    Great movie. It's hard to believe that people like that exist. It prompted me to read up on some history, get out John Newton's auto-biography. I'm so grateful for such movies. Expand
  2. MarkD.
    Feb 23, 2007
    Loved the movie. Great story that too few people know about. Very well executed.
  3. ArnaS.
    Nov 20, 2007
    Great movie, Great message!! One that we all should watch!! Loved it!
  4. SteveT.
    Feb 23, 2007
    Earnest but moving portrait of reformer parliamentarians in late 18th Century England and their campaign to outlaw slavery.
  5. PaulF.
    Feb 27, 2007
    I just saw the movie Amazing Grace about William Wilburforce's leadership to end slavery. Wilburforce is a real activist's activist. If you don't want to immediate go out and fight whatever cause you hold dear (in my case ending abortion) with a renewed heart to the last of your day's, then I'm afraid you fell asleep. It took Wilburforce years and years of countless and pain ridden efforts, but they were not in vain. His empathy, sense of moral justice, and unending endurance spurred on by his passion were played out almost to a T. The movie touched on a spiritual nerve that I feel would be a healthy enlivenment for those who chose to be receptive to such. In any case just trust me and go see it. It's a great piece of historical fiction. Expand
  6. SteveS.
    Apr 2, 2007
    It may not suffice as entertainment in the anti-intellectual culture of the 21st Century, but it is an important movie for its messages. I explicitly said messages, because there is a great myth-breaking expose being revealed along with its anti-slavery message. This true story helps illuminate the relationship between evangelical Christianity and the great progressive triumphs of the 18th and 19th centuries and hopefully dispels some of the ignorant assumptions held today about religion and social change. Wilberforce, along with John Wesley, John Newton and many others were able to eradicate much evil in their societies because of their faith in God and I applaud the filmakers for honestly portraying this. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2014
    This movie was a bore from start to finish. Although good performances from Ioan Gruffuid and Michael Gambon made me like it a bit, it has a very dull plot Expand

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