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For Greater Glory Reviews

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James Luxford
The National (UAE)
October 18, 2013
For Greater Glory takes what should have been an involving, even shocking hidden part of history and turns it into a needless epic
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 1, 2012
As generic as the title, this historical drama spares no cliche in depicting Mexico's Cristero War of the late 1920.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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
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Sam Adams
Time Out
May 29, 2012
This drama styles itself as a cinematic epic, but its substance is as flimsy as a Jack Chick pamphlet.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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William Goss
Film.com
June 1, 2012
It's the stuff of real life, and of high drama, but Dean Wright's directorial debut translates little of that latter quality to the screen.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 27, 2012
The film is awash in blandly brown-toned cinematography, action scenes more violent than rousing, and a whole host of bathetic subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 31, 2012
If you want to understand what's happening, you might want to read up on the Cristero War before you go.
| Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 31, 2012
This movie either needed to be longer, to expand the storylines that were lacking, or shorter, cutting all the stories and characters that weren't fully developed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 10, 2012
The story deserves a better movie than it gets here ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 29, 2012
It is plodding, lazily filmed, gassy with James Horner's score, and pads its runtime only by way of tolling repetition.
Michelle Orange
Movieline
May 31, 2012
Ultimately the movie has too much going on to be primarily a campy pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Pais
RedEye
May 31, 2012
A seemingly three-year drama about a three-year war.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 2, 2012
Solemn and fervent,delivering an educational history lesson that defeats itself because of its R-rating.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
June 4, 2012
Curiously, rookie director Dean Wright can't seem to make a struggle for one of the most basic rights all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 31, 2012
The jamming together of so much history and melodrama makes for a handsome movie that is only rarely gripping.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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