End of the Spear Reviews

November 27, 2006
[Director] Hanon seems more interested in exploiting his setting's lush green beauty than exploring the psyches of his bland Bible-thumpers.
January 20, 2006
Although the film invests time among the tribesmen, it never really explores the idea that one man's missionary work is another's ideological aggression. And the movie is tentative, dramatically speaking.
January 20, 2006
Too bad this sincere but inept movie doesn't do justice to any of the real people whose powerful story it tells.
January 20, 2006
This is a movie -- albeit one with a great, gripping story -- shot through with meaningful glances, middling performances and melodramatic music cues. Pity.
January 20, 2006
What does hold back this terrifically detailed and often-entertaining effort are the limitations of the script and uneven acting.
January 20, 2006
Filmmakers don't need stories with a religious agenda any more than they need ones with an irreligious one. They don't need stories with any agenda, frankly. They just need good stories.
January 20, 2006
This undramatic would-be piece of inspiration seems like made-for-TV fare for the Christian Broadcasting Network before it morphed into the Family Channel.
January 20, 2006
Though designed by director and co-writer Jim Hanon to be spiritually uplifting, the story feels as whitewashed and disingenuous as an episode of Lassie, with the natives emerging as savage buffoons.
January 20, 2006
The production is sometimes so handsome, the scenery so compelling, that you almost forget about the melodramatic missteps and the bad wigs.
January 20, 2006
Not an emotional powerhouse so much as a dutiful public service announcement.
January 19, 2006
Although overly earnest and often stilted, the film should find great favor principally among religious auds, and a long life on the home-vid shelves.
January 19, 2006
This repetitive and poorly plotted production fails to engage.
January 19, 2006
This fact-based story of conflict and resolution between a primitive warrior tribe in Ecuador and peace-seeking Christian missionaries is inspiring despite its sentimental excesses.
January 19, 2006
The slickly produced Christian docudrama End of the Spear recounts with spiritual breathlessness the circumstances surrounding the real-life killings of five missionaries at the hands of a violent indigenous Amazon tribe in Ecuador in 1956.
January 19, 2006
Under Jim Hanon's direction, the film manages to get its point across without coming off as heavy-handed or overtly religious.
January 19, 2006
End of the Spear is a childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified.
January 18, 2006
It's an ooga-booga movie dressed in 'anthropological' empathy.
January 17, 2006
Coy crypto-Christian claptrap masquerading as feel-good ethnography.