Machine Gun Preacher (2011)



Critic Consensus: There's a complex man at the center of Machine Gun Preacher but the movie is too shapeless and emotionally vacant to bring his story to life.

Movie Info

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed-in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to … More

Rating: R (for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jason Keller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2012
Box Office: $0.5M
Relativity Media - Official Site


as Sam Childers

as Lynn Childers

as Daisy

as Page #1

as Paige #2

as Billy/Contractor

as Pastor Krause

as Bill Wallace

as Shannon Wallace

as Biker Chick

as Bartender

as Shaved Head

as Drifter

as Employment Woman

as Mechanic

as Mrs. Shields

as Paul Relling

as Bank Manager

as Ben Hobbes/Biker

as Hobbes Daughter

as Paige's Friend

as Paige's Friend

as Customs Officer

as Pawn Shop Owner

as Sue/Volunteer

as Newscaster

as Child Singer

as Child Singer

as Church Pianist

as Prison Clerk

as Nineteen

as John Carang

as Agnete Closson

as Betty's Helper

as SPLA Soldier #1

as SPLA Soldier #2

as SPLA Soldier #3

as SPLA Dinka Soldier

as SPLA Dinka Soldier

as William's Mother

as William's Father

as Christopher (12 Year...

as LRA Walking Soldier ...

as LRA Commander

as Village Man #1

as Administrator

as Adult Rebel #1

as Lipless Woman

as SPLA Soldier #1

as Doctor #2

as Male Refugee "Acholi...

as LRA Commander

as LRA Walking Soldier

as LRA Soldier

as LRA Leader at Bridge

as Child Rebel #1 at Br...

as Child Rebel #2 at Br...

as Agnete's Driver

as LRA Soldier at Camp

as Riverbed Child #1

as Riverbed Child #1

as Riverbed Child #2

as Green Shorts Boy

as Green Shorts Sister

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Critic Reviews for Machine Gun Preacher

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (33)

it can be a bit... preachy, if you pardon the pun

Full Review… | July 28, 2013
7M Pictures

With an exploitation-friendly title like Machine Gun Preacher you'd think this movie would be the soul brother of Hobo With A Shotgun. Unfortunately, that is not so.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Despite a competent performance from Butler, Machine Gun Preacher tackles way too much material to present a cohesive onscreen telling of the Sam Childers story.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

It's an uncomfortable marriage of sentimental genre conventions and real-life tragedy shown with graphic detail. It does bring you inside the main character's internal struggle, but doesn't seem focused enough as it sways into action film territory.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

We're given surprisingly little food for thought when it comes to the question of the complicated tensions between Christian faith and violence.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012

With all the talk of "Kony/KONY 2012" wending its way into the culture, this movie gives a vivid picture of who this villain is and why the world should be doing something about him.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Machine Gun Preacher

Somewhat in the veins of Blood Diamond, this one fared well enough for me, though not as good as Blood Diamond. The cast gave excellent performance, and the execution was good enough to restrain it from becoming too preachy. Being too loud, I didn't like the Hallelujah parts.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Real life stories make for some very good films. Now I've had reservations about seeing Machine Gun Preacher due to the fact that Gerard Butler has made a few duds over the last few years, and his last good films were Gamer and Law Abiding Citizen. For Machine Gun Preacher, Butler goes back to a more serious role as Sam Childers. The film focuses on Childers life and how he went from a criminal to someone trying to find salvation by helping others in need. Childers went to Sudan to help children that were orphaned due to civil war. Although not a flawless film, Machine Gun Preacher is a worthwhile film that is in my opinion quite underrated. Gerard Butler delivers a strong and powerful performance that is quite possibly the best of his career. The film is a mix of action and drama, and director Marc Forster does a good job with the material to capture Childers's life, but considering that he had such a unique life, the film could have been a bit better as well. In terms of a good biopic, this tells a compelling story and it is well acted. Butler redeems himself with this role due to the fact that he played in a few boring and unimpressive chick flicks. I very much enjoyed the film, but there were a few areas where the film could have been better. However there are enough good elements to make this one worth seeing. The film is very good, and is quite eye opening as well. As a whole, it is a flawed film but it is a well executed action drama that delivers something memorable.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


An outstanding movie that packs insanely powerful punch. It`s an inspirational classic of a rebel who found his cause. A genuine human drama that cuts you to the core with its realism and story. An utterly heartbreaking, inspiring and action-packed drama. A riveting, deeply moving and extremely powerful movie. Director, Marc Fosters best film since The Kite Runner, he`s a true artist and craftsman. An absolute triumph. An incredible and unforgettable film that shakes you, shocks you and inspires you. It`s spectacular in every way you can think of and is simply extraordinary. Gerard Butler gives the best performance of his career, an explosive tour de force performance that shines with his movie star caliber. Butler delivers in a massive way that's shows his power, passion, emotion and strength. Michael Shannon and Michelle Monaghan give fine performances. An embracing, compelling and astonishing piece of work. An exhilarating mixture of thrills, explosive action and deeply absorbing drama.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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