Emmanuel's Gift
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While being born with physical handicaps presents challenges no matter where you're born or under what economic circumstances, in many respects it's even more difficult when you're raised in Ghana, a Third World nation where much of the country's population lives in severe poverty and conventional wisdom has it that those born with physical deformities have been cursed by the gods, and are fit to do little more than eke out a living as beggars. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was a 27-year-old Ghanan who was born with only one leg; the shame led his father to abandon the family, but his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Yeboah is so levelheaded about his own accomplishments that the swelling score and emotional narration from Oprah Winfrey feel embarrassingly sentimental."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"[It] is essentially a too-long overcoming-the-odds clip that helps fill up a hole or two in the Olympics TV schedule. Back to you, Bob Costas."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"An inspiring documentary about a charismatic and determined young man who almost single-handedly has changed the way the disabled are treated in Ghana, Africa."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Oprah Winfrey narrates, so you know this is a tear-jerking story of triumph through and through. With a little more production, heck, it could've been a sweeps-week ratings bonanza."
‑ , E! Online
"Emmanuel's Gift is certainly not a bad movie. It's just a case of good intentions unintentionally interfering with a great story."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Directed in the breathless inspirational tones of an infomercial, the film's an acceptable document of a thoroughly remarkable individual."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"[E]xtra poignant not just because it's true but also because of the refusal of directors Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern to pander to easy sentiment or to place Yeboah on a pedestal of superhumanity..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Oprah Winfrey is almost too good at narration."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Emmanuel's Gift isn't great, but the story is and so, unquestionably, is Emmanuel himself."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A documentary about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a one-legged young man from Ghana, Africa, who overcame his handicap to ride a bicycle across his country, among other amazing achievements."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Emmanuel's Gift is a powerful story of political change almost smothered by contrivance."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"...a wonderfully inspiring film about overcoming disabilities and not forgetting others who also share your problems."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Unfortunately, the sound-bite journalism of filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern glosses over the larger unanswered questions in the documentary."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Not only has Emmanuel persevered life's hard knocks but also the film's short-tempered look and sound."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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