Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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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
Raphael Abraham
Financial Times
November 3, 2011
Despite the most worthy intentions, Childers cannot single-handedly save Sudan and Butler cannot save this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
September 28, 2011
Jesus does funny things to people: one day you're sitting on a toilet shooting heroin; the next you're building an orphanage in war-torn southern Sudan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
[Marc Forster]is constrained by reality, and so is left with a story that lacks much of a satisfying climax or anything like a proper ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Grae Drake
Movies.com
September 23, 2011
Feels paternalistic and banal when it should be inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 4, 2011
The whole thing comes off as one long advertisement for Childers' ministry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 30, 2011
Forster's sincere but graceless reinforcement of the white bwana myth is either unable or unwilling to confront the violent and lawless actions of its supposedly God-fearing Christian protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 5, 2011
Butler misfires as a man of God and violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2011
"Machine Gun Preacher" is a combination of uplift and gritty violence, and the parts don't fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2011
"Machine Gun Preacher" gives blood-soaked missionary work a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 22, 2011
Charts the hero's spiritual journey, and his Rambo-esque exploits, without offering a scintilla of mature perspective on his state of mind.
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William Goss
Film.com
October 6, 2011
The clichés fly like so many spent bullet casings...
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 6, 2011
Has a built-in disadvantage: director Marc Forster.
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
September 13, 2011
What a weird movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 21, 2011
...ultimately so scattershot when it fires all its rounds that it's hard to tell what, exactly, the film makers were aiming for when they pulled the trigger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
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