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Variety reviews Amazing Grace

From the pages of Variety magazine, critic Eddie Cockrell has a favorable review of Amazing Grace:

Crisply told and sincerely thesped, Amazing Grace is a workmanlike costumer that distills Blighty’s long battle for the abolition of slavery and the personalities behind landmark antislavery legislation into a tidy story of conscience and perseverance. The closing night preem at the Toronto fest, pic will go out Stateside Feb., 23, 2007, to mark the bicentennial of the passage of a key bill in the struggle.

Pic reflects the no-nonsense storytelling skills of prolific helmer Michael Apted, whose career-long mix of feature and docu work holds him in good stead once more. Cast is uniformly fine, with Gruffudd setting the pace via a sincere and well-modulated perf and Hinds appropriately dastardly as the sneering Tarlton. [READ FULL REVIEW]

One Response to “Variety reviews Amazing Grace”

  1. on 18 Sep 2006 at 9:45 pm David

    I was fortunate to be able to preview this movie in Nashville tonight (9/18). It exceeded my expectations as a movie that presented an historical account of a great moment in history. Also as a follower of Christ (I’m somewhat reluctant to say I’m a Christian because of the vast number of definitions of what that might actually be) it was refreshing to see an intellectual with social standing act as I would hope I might have acted if presented with the same circumstances under which to live my life.

    The movie will challenge you to make a difference and shows you that one person, with support, can make a difference…hmmm what if I were to approach an injustice with the same ferver that William did nearly 200 years ago.


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