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End of the Spear (2005)

tomatometer

40

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 32

Shoddy filmmaking and a lack of character development derail what could be a potentially compelling tale.

18

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 14

Shoddy filmmaking and a lack of character development derail what could be a potentially compelling tale.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 14,181

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Movie Info

An indigenous people are turned from a life of violence to a more gentle and forgiving nature in this adventure drama based on a true story. Nate Saint (Chad Allen) is a pilot and Christian missionary who, with his family, lives and works in the jungles of South America near the Amazon. Nate is fascinated by tales he's heard of the Waodani, a violent and aggressive tribe living nearby, and with a group of fellow Christians takes it upon himself to teach them the importance of compassion and

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure

,

Jun 13, 2006

$11.7M

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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (32) | DVD (7)

Although the film invests time among the tribesmen, it never really explores the idea that one man's missionary work is another's ideological aggression. And the movie is tentative, dramatically speaking.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
Washington Post
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Too bad this sincere but inept movie doesn't do justice to any of the real people whose powerful story it tells.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a movie -- albeit one with a great, gripping story -- shot through with meaningful glances, middling performances and melodramatic music cues. Pity.

January 20, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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What does hold back this terrifically detailed and often-entertaining effort are the limitations of the script and uneven acting.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Filmmakers don't need stories with a religious agenda any more than they need ones with an irreligious one. They don't need stories with any agenda, frankly. They just need good stories.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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This undramatic would-be piece of inspiration seems like made-for-TV fare for the Christian Broadcasting Network before it morphed into the Family Channel.

January 20, 2006
New York Post
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Unmoving story of white missionaries trying to save the poor indigenous people of Ecuador. Paul Chambers, CNN.

March 27, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

A squeaky-clean family of missionaries lives out their fantasy of "saving" a violent tribe of Ecuadorian jungle natives in this virulently wrong-headed movie.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

[Director] Hanon seems more interested in exploiting his setting's lush green beauty than exploring the psyches of his bland Bible-thumpers.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Through the harrowing experience of two men as told in End of the Spear -- Steve Saint and Mincaye -- moviegoers can learn the power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

Only marginally uplifting and just passably enjoyable as a film. I know in my mind that these experiences were extraordinary for the people involved, but I never really feel it.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Comments (2)
EricDSnider.com

...for those of us who are not part of the choir being preached to, the story is a dealbreaker.

February 27, 2006

Jim Hanon's film is so awkward and anachronistic that it raises more questions than answers.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

An amazing true story of faith and martyrdom

January 25, 2006 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

The movie could have been recorded on 8mm film with no audio and the intended audience would most likely be content.

January 24, 2006 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

devoid of suspense and resonance

January 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The vision and values the film celebrates are at such odds with the reality it has refashioned as a breathless melodrama, it is hard to not give in to temptation and poke fun at its unintentional camp.

January 22, 2006 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net | Comments (3)
culturevulture.net

I knew nothing about this movie going in %u2026 nothing. When I came out, I swore I would do everything I could to let people know about the wonders of "End of the Spear."

January 22, 2006 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

No level of noble intent by the filmmakers can compel me to recommend a work of cinema that's this cheap, simplistic and sloppy.

January 21, 2006 Full Review
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

'End of the Spear' features some intensely violent scenes, but this thought-provoking movie never falters in emphasizing the power of forgiveness.

January 21, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Big-time production values and a truly interesting story make this a huge step forward for the Christian niche film market.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Beaumont Journal

This ersatz jungle adventure is really a thinly disguised Sunday School lesson in faith, charity and the savagery of life without Christ.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

End of the Spear is so ineptly rendered, it all but erases the importance of the events it strains to honor.

January 20, 2006
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Audience Reviews for End of the Spear

Well done. Good, and decent movie, if you see it for what it is..a movie about people trying to do good.
October 30, 2011
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Touching movie. Needs more dialouge on the reason/passion behind the gospel. Why people sacrificed their lives.
August 7, 2007
crazydannielle16

Super Reviewer

I have a hunch that something got lost in the translation from fact to fiction.
November 7, 2006
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