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Courageous Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Dares to preach its highly controversial message in order to inspire the faithful while risking the ire of critics and non-believers. Its message? Fathers, man up.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

November 8, 2011
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Despite violence, Christian fatherhood drama is uplifting.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 31, 2011
Jackie K. Cooper

Profound without being preachy, "Courageous" never forgets to entertain

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

October 1, 2011
Jim Judy
Screen It!

It has some occasional rough acting, is too episodic for its own good, and could have been trimmed by a good 30 minutes. Even so, it's the group's most accomplished offering to date and that's saying something. (Movie Review for Parents also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

September 30, 2011
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The performances are effective all around with director Kendrick quite moving in the central role of Adam, the veteran officer, who suffers a horrific family tragedy that sets much of the film's plot in motion.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 30, 2011
Steven D. Greydanus
Christianity Today

While the film's church-based roots and the tendency toward didactic, schematic storytelling are still in evidence, Courageous is [Sherwood's] most ambitious and watchable film to date.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2011
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A significant step backward for those movie making preachers at Sherwood...

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 6, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Nicely produced, but the converted are more likely to be impressed than the skeptical.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

December 30, 2011
Dave White

Yeah, it's still a preach-to-the-choir movie, but this choir doesn't really see itself on the big screen very often, so don't begrudge them a film where the action hero cop stops and prays for guidance before big gun battle. It happens.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2011
Bill Gibron

Sadly, this particular Gospel is not very good.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 3, 2011
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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It takes a certain touch to pull it off, and here, the serviceable cast just doesn't have it in them.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2011
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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The many topics raised - gangs, drugs, immigration, absentee parents, poverty - are examined with didacticism and platitudes instead of by mining their inherent complexities.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 3, 2011
Paul Brunick
New York Times
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Overplotted and understructured, "Courageous" is a slog to get through at 130 minutes.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 2, 2011
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
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Devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

October 2, 2011
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 1, 2011
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Courageous literally preaches to the converted, delivering ham-fisted messages of responsibility to the most receptive audience possible.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

October 1, 2011
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Praise be to Courageous for being upfront.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2011
Brian Orndorf

A valiant effort, but Courageous is such a clumsy motion picture, incapable of delivering its critical messages without displaying some of the most cringe-inducing filmmaking of the year.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

September 30, 2011
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

If you have a tendency to nod off during sermons, Courageous has a cure for that -- a noisy last act gun-battle with drug dealers that's primetime ready.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 30, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Like a pastor so caught up in the moment that he can't see that the air conditioning has given out and the congregation wants to go home, the film travels far beyond its dramatic climax, aiming for an altar call finale.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 28, 2011

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