Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace (2007)

One man's role in the long battle to outlaw slavery in the United Kingdom sets the stage for this historical drama from director Michael Apted. In 1784, 21-year-old William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) was elected to the British House of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Amazing Grace is your quintessential historical biopic: stately, noble, and with plenty of electrifying performances.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Apted's unexpected crowd-pleaser is inspirational, but also surprisingly entertaining.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

It is to be hoped that Amazing Grace is not the only, or the last, cinematic celebration of 200th anniversary of abolition, for there are more stories to tell, more imaginatively.

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Earnest drama about fervent English abolitionist.

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David Fear
Time Out

It's neither amazing nor graceful.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

So much to admire and so little to amaze.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Amazing Grace proves to be an invaluable history lesson, but a rather boring film.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A good -- and important -- story, not always well told.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Grufudd is fine, passionate and single-minded, though overly Romantic, and quietly upstaged by the extraordinary Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Heather Huntington

I'm not sure what was a bigger problem for me, though--that the story jumped around so much, or that the tone did, too.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This average biopic has the perfect material to be made into a quintessential modern classic, but it sadly lacks soul and intensity, resulting in a rather dull… More
Lady D'arbanville
A story that rightfully deserves recognition for it's place in history and opens the eyes of those who do not realise exactly what people went through… More
Thomas Bowler
Not as memorable as you'd think but a good film nonetheless. Full review later.
Dan Schultz
Well-told story concerning William Wilberforce and his tenacity for getting legislature passed that would free Britain from supporting slavery. Ioan Gruffudd… More
familiar stranger
A chapter from history which is APTly supported by great performances from the actors involved, but not fluently adAPTed for the screen by Michael Apted.
Aliyanto Latip
It's a 'history film' without being dull, and a 'religious film' without being preachy. But perhaps most of all, it's a movie that… More