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Courageous Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013
A significant step backward for those movie making preachers at Sherwood...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 30, 2011
Nicely produced, but the converted are more likely to be impressed than the skeptical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 8, 2011
Dares to preach its highly controversial message in order to inspire the faithful while risking the ire of critics and non-believers. Its message? Fathers, man up.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2011
Despite violence, Christian fatherhood drama is uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
Movies.com
October 8, 2011
Yeah, it's still a preach-to-the-choir movie, but this choir doesn't really see itself on the big screen very often, so don't begrudge them a film where the action hero cop stops and prays for guidance before big gun battle. It happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
October 3, 2011
Sadly, this particular Gospel is not very good.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
October 3, 2011
It takes a certain touch to pull it off, and here, the serviceable cast just doesn't have it in them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2011
The many topics raised - gangs, drugs, immigration, absentee parents, poverty - are examined with didacticism and platitudes instead of by mining their inherent complexities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Paul Brunick
New York Times
October 2, 2011
Overplotted and understructured, "Courageous" is a slog to get through at 130 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
October 2, 2011
Devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 1, 2011
Fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 1, 2011
Courageous literally preaches to the converted, delivering ham-fisted messages of responsibility to the most receptive audience possible.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
October 1, 2011
Profound without being preachy, "Courageous" never forgets to entertain
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jim Judy
Screen It!
September 30, 2011
It has some occasional rough acting, is too episodic for its own good, and could have been trimmed by a good 30 minutes. Even so, it's the group's most accomplished offering to date and that's saying something. (Movie Review for Parents also available)
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 30, 2011
The performances are effective all around with director Kendrick quite moving in the central role of Adam, the veteran officer, who suffers a horrific family tragedy that sets much of the film's plot in motion.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
September 30, 2011
Praise be to Courageous for being upfront.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 30, 2011
A valiant effort, but Courageous is such a clumsy motion picture, incapable of delivering its critical messages without displaying some of the most cringe-inducing filmmaking of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
September 30, 2011
If you have a tendency to nod off during sermons, Courageous has a cure for that -- a noisy last act gun-battle with drug dealers that's primetime ready.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Christianity Today
September 30, 2011
While the film's church-based roots and the tendency toward didactic, schematic storytelling are still in evidence, Courageous is [Sherwood's] most ambitious and watchable film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 28, 2011
Like a pastor so caught up in the moment that he can't see that the air conditioning has given out and the congregation wants to go home, the film travels far beyond its dramatic climax, aiming for an altar call finale.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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