Emmanuel's Gift
Emmanuel's Gift (2005)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: October 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

While Emmanuel's Gift has a moving story to tell, it does so in a less than compelling manner.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Yeboah is so levelheaded about his own accomplishments that the swelling score and emotional narration from Oprah Winfrey feel embarrassingly sentimental.

David Cornelius

[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.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Emmanuel's Gift is certainly not a bad movie. It's just a case of good intentions unintentionally interfering with a great story.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Directed in the breathless inspirational tones of an infomercial, the film's an acceptable document of a thoroughly remarkable individual.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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...

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Emmanuel's Gift is a powerful story of political change almost smothered by contrivance.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

...a wonderfully inspiring film about overcoming disabilities and not forgetting others who also share your problems.

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