As generic as the title, this historical drama spares no cliche in depicting Mexico's Cristero War of the late 1920.
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.
"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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
This historical drama about the little-known Cristero War in 1920s Mexico is more educational than involving.
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.
The sometimes painfully sincere and slow-moving "For Greater Glory" clearly aspires to be inspirational, but history won't cooperate.
The result is pretty much as forgettable as the Cristeros War.
| Original Score: D+
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog.
| Original Score: 2/5
The jamming together of so much history and melodrama makes for a handsome movie that is only rarely gripping.
It's a powerful, visually elegant picture from first-time director Dean Wright.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
Director Dean Wright and screenwriter Michael Love fail to develop compelling characters or to construct a coherent plot.
When its passion connects with several strong performances, it transcends a heavy piousness.
| Original Score: 3/5
It is well-made, yes, but has such pro-Catholic tunnel vision I began to question its view of events.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It is plodding, lazily filmed, gassy with James Horner's score, and pads its runtime only by way of tolling repetition.
This drama styles itself as a cinematic epic, but its substance is as flimsy as a Jack Chick pamphlet.
| Original Score: 1/5