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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. Sep 17, 2011
    I thought this movie was great. It's been a little while since I've seen it, but I remember really enjoying it. There was a lot happening so I lost the story from time to time but eventually figured out what was going on. A movie everyone should see at least once. Expand
  3. 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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