For Greater Glory Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 1, 2012
As generic as the title, this historical drama spares no cliche in depicting Mexico's Cristero War of the late 1920.
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William Goss
Film.com
June 1, 2012
It's the stuff of real life, and of high drama, but Dean Wright's directorial debut translates little of that latter quality to the screen.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 1, 2012
"For Greater Glory" is at times so heavy-handed that the movie itself seems at war. Unfortunately, the enemy is not just a repressive administration, but the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 1, 2012
This historical drama about the little-known Cristero War in 1920s Mexico is more educational than involving.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 1, 2012
Despite enough good intentions to pave a four-lane highway, the ardently sincere but dramatically unfocused For Greater Glory plays like a multipart miniseries that has been hacked down to feature length.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 1, 2012
The sometimes painfully sincere and slow-moving "For Greater Glory" clearly aspires to be inspirational, but history won't cooperate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 1, 2012
The result is pretty much as forgettable as the Cristeros War.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2012
It is a scattered mess, as earnest as a folk song, but like a folk song that goes on for two hours and 23 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
Ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 31, 2012
The jamming together of so much history and melodrama makes for a handsome movie that is only rarely gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
May 31, 2012
It's a powerful, visually elegant picture from first-time director Dean Wright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 31, 2012
If Michael Bay woke up one day and said to himself, "I need to make a movie about religious persecution in 1920s Mexico," I imagine it would look something like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 31, 2012
The scenes just plod along without much to help distinguish them. It's not an epic movie so much as an epic run-on sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
May 31, 2012
Director Dean Wright and screenwriter Michael Love fail to develop compelling characters or to construct a coherent plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 31, 2012
When its passion connects with several strong performances, it transcends a heavy piousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 31, 2012
In spite of its R rating and sometimes horrifying imagery, For Greater Glory seems to belong in the classroom of a lazy Sunday-school teacher rather than a movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 31, 2012
It is well-made, yes, but has such pro-Catholic tunnel vision I began to question its view of events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 29, 2012
It is plodding, lazily filmed, gassy with James Horner's score, and pads its runtime only by way of tolling repetition.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
May 29, 2012
This drama styles itself as a cinematic epic, but its substance is as flimsy as a Jack Chick pamphlet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5