The Work and the Glory II: American Zion Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 21, 2005
Unless the filmmakers can heighten the drama (this was filmed and rushed through editing) and ratchet up the emotion, these movies should go straight to video, or a Mormon church near you. They aren't effective outreach, or entertaining drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 13, 2005
While a minor improvement over its promising but sluggish predecessor, "American Zion" despite its authentic look, feels shallow and hastily edited.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
October 21, 2005
An awkward mix of fascinating history and tepid fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 26, 2005
The movie looks good, but it has that feeling of a pageant or passion play put on every year during the holidays, just on a bigger scale with more money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 20, 2005
To call this drama heavy-handed would be stating the obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Film Threat
February 28, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2005
Unlike Holt, Van Wagenen knows what he is doing. Now fans of the series can look forward to the next entry in The Work and the Glory series, instead of dreading it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 22, 2005
The movie as a whole is agile and accomplished, and the performances are uniformly good, even among one-line characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
October 30, 2005
Scales back on the fictional characters and focuses on the more interesting historical figures.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 21, 2005
There's been a slight change in character focus, and those who receive the spotlight this time around are more interesting and compelling. But the technical aspects of the filmmaking aren't quite as good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 21, 2005
[Director Sterling] Van Wagenen and screenwriter Matt Whitaker... manage to turn musty dates and place names into wrenching moments
| Original Score: 3/4
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