The Work and the Glory Reviews

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
April 23, 2005
Offers an efficient and often credible, if overly sanitized, look at the time, place and circumstances in which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
November 24, 2004
A smoothly mixed religious drama with all the professional production value you could expect from any film
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 23, 2005
It occasionally catches its balance with bright supporting characters or compelling scenes, but then it stumbles again with mild scenes of characters having spiritual crises.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 1, 2005
Handsomely mounted but awfully bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 14, 2005
Earnest, admirable and pretty, but about as compelling as one of the blander episodes of 'Little House on the Prairie.'
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 11, 2005
Ultimately stumbles in its mission to make the founding of the Mormon religion interesting to a general audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 13, 2005
...plays strictly to the faithful -- most anyone else will have trouble taking Joseph Smith seriously as a non-delusional human being.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 28, 2005
A likable, ambitious film that does its proselytizing in a roundabout way until its clumsy, final half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 21, 2005
A pretty but weakly written and acted period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
January 20, 2005
It's hard to imagine this movie capturing an audience outside the Mormon community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 19, 2005
There's no denying there's a compelling movie in the life of the founder of the Mormon church, and there's also no denying that The Work and the Glory is not that film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 24, 2004
With improved production values also come high expectations, especially in terms of storytelling. So when the plotting and a few of the performances are just so-so, it's hard not to think of the film as at least a bit of a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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