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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 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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. CyntchaD.
    Feb 24, 2007
    Timely movie about the power of good and the courage to speak out, ultimately hopeful and grace-filled. beautiful scenery and background of the "good life" juxtaposed w/the darkness of injustice. Reminded me of Ghandi's quote that ultimately goodness wins. Go see it! Expand
  5. JackieS
    Mar 5, 2007
    Movie is well done. Refreshing to see a movie that is intelligent, captivating and moving all at the same time. Very thought provoking.
  6. John
    Jul 5, 2008
    Not perfect-but a really good story well told. Inspiring, uplifting and well acted and directed. Highly recommend.
  7. TimV.
    Dec 26, 2007
    I expected so much more from this film. what a fascinating story. but the process of ending slavery in a bloodless manner free of economic ruin was simply glossed over in favor of dwelling on already-overwrought relationships. there are hints at political drama, but it always comes back to running around in frilly shirts. the passage of time is unclear, and the eight arduous years wilberforce endures are underemphasized. entertaining performances can't redeem this mess of a movie. Expand

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