For the Bible Tells Me So Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
October 18, 2008
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
Progressive clergy provide enough historical context to neutralize the handful of Bible verses prohibiting homosexual acts, but Karslake never confronts the broader issues of sexuality and procreation that bedevil even moderate Christians.
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 26, 2007
Daniel Karslake's remarkable documentary boldly takes on a loaded topic -- Christianity and homosexuality -- and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 20, 2007
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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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 19, 2007
While the film is unlikely to sway anyone whose mind already isn't made up, it provides plenty food for thought in its examination of biblical doctrine on same-sex love and how it resonates to this day.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 12, 2007
The film will probably end up preaching to the converted, albeit in an engaging and surprisingly light-hearted fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 12, 2007
For the Bible Tells Me So doesn't follow the formula. That's just one of the reasons it works well as a film and a lesson about, as one open-minded preacher puts it, what the Bible "reads" about what it supposedly "says" about homosexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 12, 2007
If you can look beyond the polemics, this is also a powerful story about the emotional pain and psychological trauma that splits families and breaks hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2007
[Director] Karslake balances the more emotional elements of the film together with the scriptural analysis and weaves them into a moving conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 5, 2007
Here's hoping Karslake's film won't simply preach to the converted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
October 5, 2007
There is no denying that the film fills a need. The inevitable DVD should be packaged in a plain cardboard sleeve, so that viewers can carry it in their pockets and, if confronted by a homophobe, hand it over and say, "Watch this, then get back to me."
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2007
As long as it's dissecting the six or seven passages in the Bible that ostensibly disparage homosexuality, this documentary ode to tolerance takes a shrewd look at how speciously selective and ahistorical the church condemnation of gays really is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 2, 2007
More human interest than agitprop.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2007
For the Bible Tells Me So is never less than lively and stimulating in its arguments, even detouring into a very amusing cartoon dealing with the evidence that sexual orientation is biologically determined.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 24, 2007
Admirable and moving.