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May 31, 2012
A bit -- okay, a lot -- more back-story probably would have been beneficial, as would have been a greater understanding of who characters are and what makes them tick. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
May 31, 2012
Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, and Genesis Rodriguez bring some depth and dignity to a script that is sincere but clunky.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 31, 2012
It is a scattered mess, as earnest as a folk song, but like a folk song that goes on for two hours and 23 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 31, 2012
Ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2012
The jamming together of so much history and melodrama makes for a handsome movie that is only rarely gripping.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2012
It's a powerful, visually elegant picture from first-time director Dean Wright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2012
There's a hagiographic tone to the film, which...strains for epic sweep but gives itself over to historical oversimplification and pious melodramatics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 31, 2012
If Michael Bay woke up one day and said to himself, "I need to make a movie about religious persecution in 1920s Mexico," I imagine it would look something like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 31, 2012
[It] seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself. I saw the movie a month ago, and I'm not entirely convinced that it's ended yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 31, 2012
The scenes just plod along without much to help distinguish them. It's not an epic movie so much as an epic run-on sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 31, 2012
Takes its cues from the Mel Gibson School of Screen Martyrdom, making sure this education on Mexican history carries significant ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 31, 2012
Admirable but flawed attempt to enlighten and entertain film audiences by dramatizing an important but long-hidden 20th-century Mexican war. Succeeds as a history lesson, but fails rather glumly as entertaining and/or gripping cinema.
May 31, 2012
Director Dean Wright and screenwriter Michael Love fail to develop compelling characters or to construct a coherent plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2012
If you want to understand what's happening, you might want to read up on the Cristero War before you go.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 31, 2012
When its passion connects with several strong performances, it transcends a heavy piousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2012
Ultimately the movie has too much going on to be primarily a campy pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 31, 2012
A seemingly three-year drama about a three-year war.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 31, 2012
If you're making a movie aimed at people of a particular faith, you might want to cut it below an R-rating. And if you're going to attempt an epic, you need to spend more money than this.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
May 31, 2012
In spite of its R rating and sometimes horrifying imagery, For Greater Glory seems to belong in the classroom of a lazy Sunday-school teacher rather than a movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 31, 2012
It is well-made, yes, but has such pro-Catholic tunnel vision I began to question its view of events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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