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Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 28, 2013
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/10

February 11, 2013
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

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 Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 3/5

October 2, 2012
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

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 Source: Filmwell | Original Score: C

June 15, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

May 3, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In the end it devolves into something disappointingly ordinary, which, given the proven skills and sensibilities of director Marc Forster ...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 82/100

April 29, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

The one-note macho man characterization of Childers comes off as a bit boorishly self-righteous.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2012
Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Butler misfires as a man of God and violence.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 5, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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 Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 20, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 6, 2011
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 6, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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 Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2011
David Sexton
This is London

Gerard Butler is involving, even charismatic, always plausible as a man of contained and then uncontained violence...

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2011

Liverpool Echo

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.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

November 4, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

A catalogue of constant clichés which never let up, while Butler's lack of acting chops succeeds in sinking every scene.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2011
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2011
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