Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Brett McCracken is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition, where he writes about art, culture, faith, and theology. He has also been a regular film critic for Christianity Today and has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN.com, and others. Find Brett @BrettMcCracken.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) This is a rare movie that is sincere, joyous, and un-cynical, but also artfully made ... In dark and anxious times, we need more films like this. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
87% First Man (2018) For all its technical merits, narrative intrigue, and fine acting, something feels hollow. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
76% Smallfoot (2018) [The film's] simplistic binary between faith and science dangerously obscures the more nuanced reality. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
61% Operation Finale (2018) [Operation Finale] reminds us that ultimate justice, true 'finale' judgment, is not up to us or even possible in this life. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
73% Christopher Robin (2018) As any artist or creator will attest, along with Pooh, it is often the 'unproductive' spaces and 'irrelevant' explorations that lead to the best things. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Eighth Grade (2018) The film shows the disturbing disconnect between online confidence and in-person self-consciousness. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% Recovery Boys (2018) The film is beautifully made: moving without being manipulative, informative without being didactic, subtly observational in the manner of great documentary filmmaking. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) We may never have another Mister Rogers, but shouldn't we be looking for ways to use media the way he did -- to edify and dignify and model virtue? - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
93% First Reformed (2018) It makes astute observations about the state of religion generally in our secular age, as well as the toxic temptations facing Christians particularly. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
97% The Rider (2018) It reminds us of the dignifying power of work and purpose in human existence, even as it ponders the meaning of life when these things are taken away. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Heretic (2018) The Heretic comes across more as an extended PR reel for Bell than a documentary that engages all sides of his story. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
68% Come Sunday (2018) A cautionary tale about the abuses and theological confusion that can arise in charismatic cultures where 'God told me' is common parlance. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) A chastening, timely picture of the corrosive effects of power and the compromises we make in the name of self-preservation. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Infectiously interested in the gratuitous and quirky beauty of the world. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
71% Hostiles (2018) A film with a distinctly Christian grasp of universal culpability and reconciling grace. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
97% Mudbound (2017) There is a lot of sin to go around in Mudbound, a film whose agrarian setting feels like a sort of Paradise Lost. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
96% The Florida Project (2017) Despite the seeming hopelessness of their tragic situation, the children of The Florida Project are mostly full of precocious joy. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
67% Wonderstruck (2017) Wonderstruck explores the awe, innocence, and curiosity of childhood -- even when surrounded by adult dangers and trauma. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
95% All Saints (2017) Here's another question the film raises: what if refugees and immigrants are part of God's answer to our prayers for revival in the American church? - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
92% Dunkirk (2017) Nolan's knack for 'sculpting in time' reaches a new apex. Dunkirk is to Nolan as 'David' is to Michelangelo. It's his masterpiece. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A film that groans for grace amid the brutality of a dog-eat-dog world. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
94% Arrival (2016) A film that uses an alien encounter on earth to probe deeper questions about faith, time, suffering, and love. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
89% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) A short but sprawling cantata that functions as a sort of Cliff's Notes capstone to Malick's 45-year filmmaking career. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
25% Ben-Hur (2016) Ben-Hur suffers from many faith-based genre pitfalls -- on-the-nose dialogue, unsubtle 'cross' imagery and parallelism, saccharine endings. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
60% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) It's a slasher film about a bogeyman of a different, more disturbing sort. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
81% Boy Erased (2018) A well-acted and moving drama that nevertheless traffics in the 'no shades of gray' neo-fundamentalism of contemporary progressivism. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) In a world where the reality of death is increasingly avoided or hidden from view, [Buster Scruggs is] oddly sobering. Remembering death matters. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda is less interested in judging this family for their thievery ... than he is in examining their humanity and empathizing with their working-class plight. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The film is lighthearted and fun; more poetic than pulpy. It's a cops-and-robbers story ... in which the cop and robber have mutual affection. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
91% Widows (2018) As much about class, race, politics, and privilege as it is about heists, Widows presents a fallen world where thievery is just part of life. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
89% American Animals (2018) Life imitating art is a real dynamic for these boys, as it is for the film itself (which opts for actors and thrilling heist tropes rather than a straightforward documentary). - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
96% Roma (2018) [Roma] pays attention to the overlooked, the lowly, the humble -- the things a utilitarian, power-obsessed world disregards or merely uses. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite is full of vibrant colors, opulent sets, lush costumes, blood oranges, tea cakes, and a world of sensory delights. But none of it is beautiful. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) What happened with Fyre is ultimately a subgenre of our larger crisis of epistemology. Fake news. Alternative facts. Post-truth. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) As we watch [Apollo 11], it's hard to not feel nostalgic for a time when audacious, seemingly impossible dreams came to fruition and united people around common cause - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Homecoming is carefully crafted to underscore the hallowed, historic status of #Beychella. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) As Franklin sings songs like 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus' and 'Never Grow Old,' audience members appear enraptured and spiritually moved, believers and unbelievers alike. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien observes the general human need for kindred spirits, comrades-in-arms, cohorts to spur passion and purpose, friends to live and love and die alongside. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
100% Emanuel (2019) In an American society where the ubiquity of mass shootings and racially motivated violence leave some tragically numb to their evil, films like this are urgent and important. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a fun movie, but it is does a disservice to the Beatles songs by downplaying their context and suggesting they somehow transcend place and time. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) In Once Upon a Time, the celebration of movie fantasy and the moral longing for justice are deliberately and movingly intertwined. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
86% The Lost City of Z (2017) It engages you so deeply that you rarely register that you are, in fact, watching a film... It is so stealthily skillful, subtle, and confidently cinematic that it draws little attention to itself, instead serving the story and setting a formidable mood. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
43% Song to Song (2017) Malick's film is not a crowd-pleaser. It provides not escapism, but a critique of the escapist fantasies that populate our mediated lives. It's a jolting jeremiad masquerading as poetry. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
47% Knight of Cups (2016) Movies rarely require us to ponder or process much after we leave the theater. But in our impatient culture of instant-everything, Malick says slow down. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/4 79% The Revenant (2015) The Revenant is the epitome of primal, visceral cinema. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
3/4 92% James White (2015) One of the strengths of James White is its subtlety. It has things to say about modern life and especially the twentysomething male experience, but they are never said as much as pictured. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
2/4 67% The Visit (2015) The once great filmmaker has yet to get his early-career groove back. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) U.N.C.L.E. has fun playing with Cold War tropes in the decadent playground of 1960s Europe. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
1/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) There is nothing in Fantastic Four that hasn't been seen before. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) It's as much an auditory narrative as a visual one, which makes perfect sense. - Christianity Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015