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

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Jennifer Merin
April 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
April 1, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.25/10
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Justin Chang
March 30, 2009
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.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 30, 2009
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.
Annie Young Frisbie
Christianity Today
March 27, 2009
Director Matthew Crouch piles up Blessitt-story after Blessitt-story, but never finds The Story. It's just a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
March 27, 2009
The gee-whiz rhetoric and breathless amateurism of The Cross is not likely to inspire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 27, 2009
The documentary The Cross is not going to displace The Ten Commandments as the official movie of the Easter season.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
March 27, 2009
What inspired his faith in the first place? Does he have family? How did his constant wandering affect them?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
March 26, 2009
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.
Kam Williams
March 24, 2009
So moving it made me weep three ways: openly, deeply and repeatedly!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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