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Facing the Giants Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 29, 2006
The wholesomeness of the message and the movie's cast make it feel 1950s retro.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 29, 2006
Facing the Giants falls victim to the tell-don't-show brand of filmmaking, in which every character always says exactly what he's feeling and every time a character's flaws are pointed out to him, they are immediately corrected.
| Original Score: 2/4
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William Lobdell
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2006
Facing the Giants feels like an overly earnest church sketch of the type many evangelical congregations use as a teaching tool on Sunday between the worship music and pastor's message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
November 25, 2006
Its feel-good storyline, shopworn message, and bottomless sermonizing would have played better in Sunday school than on the big screen, which is -- let's face it -- Babylon's turf.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 28, 2006
... full of praise for God in place of foul language and biblical quotes in place of deeds. It preaches to the converted -- literally.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 26, 2009
Kendrick needs to learn that didacticism isn't a film aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 29, 2006
I'm not about to argue with the message, but the delivery system sinks below the level of after-school special, and the acting matches.
| Original Score: D+
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
January 30, 2007
Earnest but amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today
September 29, 2006
When a film is as unintentionally corny as this one, it's anyone's guess as to how many viewers can stomach all the schmaltz for the positive message at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 29, 2006
This time, Jesus rather than Burt Reynolds or The Rock gets the credit for leading an underdog team of football players to victory.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 28, 2006
The religious proselytizing in this football movie is about as subtle as a blindside hit by a 300-pound defensive end.
| Original Score: 2/4
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 10, 2006
A sermon much more than it is a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 4, 2006
For it to have any appeal for persons who do not share the movie's beliefs would indeed be miraculous -- it's appallingly bad as anything other than a sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 27, 2006
Fitfully entertaining… To reach a broader audience, though, the filmmakers will have to scrap their playbook and learn a whole new set of rules.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 27, 2009
The separation of church and cinema amounts to a long yard at most in this high school football sermon from Georgia-based Baptist pastor Alex Kendrick.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 29, 2006
If it cannot avoid the clichés of both the sports film and the inspirational film, at least Facing the Giants leavens its message with good humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 29, 2006
Those looking for an evening's diversion will find it an amateur exercise that has the feel of a film-school project.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Leydon
October 2, 2006
By preaching to the converted so heavy-handedly, the filmmakers fumble an opportunity to reach beyond their target demo of devout churchgoers.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 8, 2006
Would seem sincere enough, but it's just a chain of ludicrous cliches of both the sports and religious variety.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 27, 2006
Most of the actors read their lines earnestly but flatly, and Kendrick has done them no favors by pushing them to play broad comedy in some scenes and anguished drama in others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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