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The Cross(The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story) (2009)



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The Cross is the story of a man named Arthur Blessitt who carried a twelve-foot wooden cross on a pilgrimage around the world. His mission is one of love, peace, and blessings, all for Jesus. His adventure is an inspiration to all those who believe in its life changing message.


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (9)

This wannabe-inspirational docu shares its hero's devotion to preaching the gospel. But the film's emotional manipulations come at the expense of a more complex, illuminating look at the man himself.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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The gee-whiz rhetoric and breathless amateurism of The Cross is not likely to inspire.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The documentary The Cross is not going to displace The Ten Commandments as the official movie of the Easter season.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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What inspired his faith in the first place? Does he have family? How did his constant wandering affect them?

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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In telling the story of globe-trotting evangelist Arthur Blessitt, director Matthew Crouch allows Christian priorities to gloss over details that a more objective filmmaker would consider essential.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The Cross opts to be a wan inspirational film that rams its Christian message down your throat -- which is, ironically, the exact opposite of Blessitt's soft sell.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It would be nice to be able to call The Cross a mockumentary. But the director's Christian Broadcasting background makes it extremely unlikely that his intention was provide viewers with a good laugh at the expense of the Blessitt Arthur.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

A profoundly engrossing and inspirational film that candidly explores Arthur Blessitt's passionate heart, mind and soul, but feels somewhat incomplete without enough insight into his life beyond his courageous journeys around the world.

April 1, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Heartfelt but pedestrian, so to speak, documentary of an evangelist who for decades carried a 12-foot wooden cross around the globe to spread the gospel.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Director Matthew Crouch piles up Blessitt-story after Blessitt-story, but never finds The Story. It's just a mess.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comment (1)
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So moving it made me weep three ways: openly, deeply and repeatedly!

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

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