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For the Bible Tells Me So Reviews

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 30, 2007
The point that the homophobic right is picking and choosing which parts of the Bible to follow, and which verses to look at in the context in which they were written, is both terribly familiar and rudimentarily argued.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 19, 2007
The case made by those interviewed in For The Bible Tells Me So is strong, and, at times, moved me greatly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 17, 2008
One message rings clear throughout the occasionally muddled but always emotionally sweeping film: A true abomination is twisting the words of Scripture to match bigotry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 19, 2007
Its main surprise is the compassion shown toward everyone, on all sides of the debate. It does not vilify those who vilify gays.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
December 12, 2007
The film offers proof that religion and homosexuality need not be mutually exclusive: Good Christians can love and accept their gay brothers and sisters, and gay people can still be religious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 25, 2007
A brisk, entertaining and even moving exploration of the sometimes frayed intersection where Christianity meets homosexuality.
Brian Orndorf
November 1, 2007
An informative, heartbreaking documentary about intolerance and manipulation, sadly and assuredly never to be seen by the people who need this info the most.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jennifer Merin
June 9, 2009
Karslake reveals ways Scripture has been used to discriminate against homoexuality, and shows how inaccurate interpretations of the Bible cause widespread despair and the destruction of lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 13, 2007
While the movie seems tilted toward Christian families attempting to work through issues of having a gay son or daughter, "For the Bible Tells Me So" fills a yet another heretofore blank chapter on Gay rights.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Geoff Berkshire
October 11, 2007
Will likely find itself preaching to the converted, but its moving true stories are powerful enough to affect anyone open to listening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Voynar
February 1, 2007
Karslake has made a powerful film addresses the fulcrum of the religious right's objection to homosexuality without attacking those who hold those beliefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 4, 2007
An important and edifying documentary that can convince many to open their hearts and their minds to support gay and lesbian equality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 19, 2008
Excessivamente convencional em sua estrutura e contendo sua parcela de graves tropeços (a seqüência em animação), este filme ainda assim merece aplausos pela eloqüência de seus entrevistados, pelo teor de sua mensagem e pela paixão com que a defende.
| Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 2, 2007
More human interest than agitprop.
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John Anderson
October 4, 2007
This rational, human and very serious documentary by Daniel Karslake gets at the historical distortions of the Good Book as well as the ease with which holy writings have been used in America to propagate hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 12, 2007
For the Bible Tells Me So probes the conflict between an obdurate force and a movable object, hoping against hope and the laws of physics that one can sway the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Goldstein
October 5, 2007
This is an impressive, critical film that should be screened for everyone who's ever exploited the Bible to justify fear and prejudice.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
November 29, 2007
This is a compelling, thought-provoking portrait of a quiet challenge rising within America's churches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 29, 2007
The movie's serious, wide-ranging look at a divisive subject is not guaranteed to settle disputes, only to prompt discussion.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
October 18, 2008
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 20, 2007

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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