Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 28, 2013
it can be a bit... preachy, if you pardon the pun
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/10
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
September 4, 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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 15, 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 | Original Score: C
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 3, 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 | Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
In the end it devolves into something disappointingly ordinary, which, given the proven skills and sensibilities of director Marc Forster ...
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Michael Dequina
April 6, 2012
The one-note macho man characterization of Childers comes off as a bit boorishly self-righteous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Don Groves
December 5, 2011
Butler misfires as a man of God and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2011
O Childers kathgorhthhke gia arketo kseplyma twn praktikwn toy sthn aytobiografia toy, h tainia, eytyxws, arneitai na ton katadikasei kiolas san planemeno barbaro
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
November 7, 2011
It is commendable that Gerard Butler, director Marc Foster and writer Jason Keller have tried to bring the issue of child soldiers to as wide an audience as possible - but though its heart may be in the right place, it never finds a steady rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2011
The film's attempt to tell Childers' story in the context of the bigger horrors being perpetrated in the Sudan feels like an unnecessary burden that Forster's middlebrow approach can't suppo
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 6, 2011
It's rabble-rousing material, and the final credits, in which we see footage of the real Childers strutting his unedifying stuff, suggest that a documentary would have been the appropriate genre.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 6, 2011
Yes, it's yet another story about white people helping poor black folk, but as tales of imperialistic cultural colonialism as spiritual growth go, this one is solid stuff...
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 4, 2011
Butler, bless him, tries to give us everything here... John Travolta's Wild Hogs, Stallone with a soul, Arnie with a proper mission and Bruce Willis minus the wisecracks, vest and shiny bonce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
This is London
November 4, 2011
Gerard Butler is involving, even charismatic, always plausible as a man of contained and then uncontained violence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Liverpool Echo
November 4, 2011
While we admire Childers for his bravery and self-sacrifice, we don't fully understand the reasons for his crusade or see his personal anguish reflected on the screen.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 3, 2011
A catalogue of constant clichés which never let up, while Butler's lack of acting chops succeeds in sinking every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 3, 2011
There's a certain absurdity, as well as outlandishness, to Childers' tale that Marc Forster's film, starring Gerard Butler, never quite shakes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
November 3, 2011
If I didn't know that this was based on real events, I wouldn't believe it. At least not the way the story is told in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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