Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. The movie is the usual kind of film biography of a respected figure from the distant past - honorable, oversimplified, handsome.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. 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 Full Review »
  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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »