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% Mass (2021) Mass explores the messy tension between righteous rage and demands for justice, on one hand, and forgiveness and grace on the other. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
86% The Card Counter (2021) It strikes me as perhaps Schrader's most interesting engagement with theological themes. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
67% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) [The film] doesn't have eyes to see that while its heroine may be sweet and spunky and fearless, she is just as much a peddler of gospel distortions as her husband. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
74% Stillwater (2021) For a film exploring moral authority, Stillwater cedes its own-unnecessarily-by recklessly blurring fact and fiction. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2021
88% Nine Days (2021) The last two words in Nine Days are really the only ones that can make sense of the mystery of being: 'Thank you.' - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Having been raised by a dad who modeled self-sacrificial love and courage, Regan [and Marcus] both demonstrate these characteristics in the film. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) Does Satan himself have an origin story that makes his evil understandable, even excusable? The ending of Cruella suggests as much. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
92% Final Account (2021) Accurate knowledge about the Holocaust is disturbingly low among Millennials and Gen Z Americans ... I hope this film is shown in high schools across America. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
98% The Father (2021) As we watch, we become painfully aware: this will happen to our parents one day. It will happen to us. Every human life is a progression of seasons. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
95% My Octopus Teacher (2020) My Octopus Teacher represents at least two ways we can turn nature into a false teacher. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
93% Nomadland (2021) Cuts to the heart of existence, resonating in tone and texture with the aches we all feel-even if the specific story it tells is far from our particular context. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
85% Our Friend (2020) A beautiful portrait of embodied, relational love in action. It's a film about being there for each other in the most literal, incarnate sense. No screens, no filters. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Hillbilly Elegy feels unintentionally condescending and uninterested in the very culture it seeks to humanize. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) By interchangeably telling the story with various 'performed' versions of it ... Sorkin observes the surreality of our 'infotainment' age. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
88% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) [Everyone] should be able to say it is wrong for a film-any film, however well-intentioned-to depict close-up, lingering shots of scantily clad 11-year-olds twerking. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) The real "inversion" of Tenet-and ultimately, all of Nolan's films-is that its stretching upward toward the heavens boomerangs back to this world. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) At once inspiring and horrifying, not only because of what it reflects about the state of politics today, but also because its focus on the next generation provides both reason to cheer and fear. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
59% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2020) Ahmed poses many difficult questions-about the nature of evil, rehabilitation, and the limits of empathy-that it leaves the audience to answer. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) Like many of Reichardt's films, First Cow explores the elusive beauty of relational connection in a world that can feel isolating and cruel. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
99% Driveways (2020) In times of cultural crisis, narratives like this remind us that change often happens locally, through the people we get to know, and learn to love, right next door. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) If it's messy at times and hard to watch at others ... it is mostly because the characters and history Lee explores are anything but neat and tidy. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) Among other things, the film ... is an inspiring reminder of the power of good journalism to expose corruption, advocate for the vulnerable, and bring truth to light. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) For Christians-who of all people should seek to dismantle rather than perpetuate cultures of abuse-this is an important film to watch. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) Anya Taylor-Joy perfectly captures the iconic snobbery of the titular character, while also imbuing her with moral complexity and an openness to correction. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
No Score Yet Thy Kingdom Come (2018) A gorgeous and empathetic offshoot from Terrence Malick's 2013 film To the Wonder. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
84% The Way Back (2020) A story about second chances, redemption, and renewal; the path back to life after descending to the depths. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Fatherhood is a fragile, precious thing, and Ford v Ferrari captures this well. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
85% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy powerfully captures the maddening anguish of innocent people who spend years of their lives behind bars-years they can never get back. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
89% Dark Waters (2019) Captures the 'long pursuit' aspect of justice especially well ... Justice-seeking is often a lonely pursuit. It doesn't win profits or popularity. It's costly more than lucrative. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) The action is propulsive and unrelenting, greatly enhanced by the 'time running out' motif of real-time plot. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
81% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life is a psalm crying out to the God of refuge and deliverance. It's also a cinematic sermon on the mount, envisioning the upside-down kingdom of God from a literal mountaintop. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) Sort of like the Forrest Gump of gangster movies. It tells a specific man's story but against the backdrop of a half-century of American history. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Ultimately Jojo is a film about change: the possibility and process of it; how it happens; why it's compelling to watch. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Joker is the perfect bogeyman for our age, embodying the toxic, corrosive power of an entertainment-obsessed, hyper-mediated society of spectacle. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
83% Ad Astra (2019) One of the most theologically interesting [films] of the year. - The Gospel Coalition EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
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
72% 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
97% 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
94% 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
80% 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