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Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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November 3, 2011
If I didn't know that this was based on real events, I wouldn't believe it. At least not the way the story is told in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2011
Despite the most worthy intentions, Childers cannot single-handedly save Sudan and Butler cannot save this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2011
The worthy story is packed with scenes that are suspenseful and inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2011
This machine gun preacher offers lots of noise but casts little light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2011
Watchable, well acted drama that tells a remarkable true story, that is a good thirty minutes too long and slightly hampered by its allegiance to factual detail, meaning that it eventually becomes frustratingly repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2011
While the film might be biographically accurate, it isn't artistically satisfying: real people are inexplicable in a way that characters in films shouldn't be, and consequently, he feels half-finished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2011
Overly preachy and overly long. A missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2011
If anyone was cast to lead the vigilante war against the Sudanese LRA rebels ... it's Butler - just swap the Spartan's primitive weaponry for a shooter ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2011
The need to cram in facts and events makes 'Machine Gun Preacher' feel too much like one large and needlessly glossy montage sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2011
It's gratifying to see Butler giving a proper acting role the old college try.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2011
Material that might have made a terrific documentary instead becomes a worthy drama.
October 21, 2011
Sam Childers is such a complicated guy that his life would probably work better as a miniseries than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2011
As inspiring as it is upsetting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 10, 2011
The way the movie tells it, Sam is as obsessively insane as Capt. Ahab, ready and willing to destroy his family for the chance to be a white, violent savior among unfortunate, passive blacks. You can smell condescension even stronger than gunpowder.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 9, 2011
Even during this biopic's most absurd moments, Gerard Butler is terrific, conveying gentle and brutal equally well.
October 8, 2011
Machine Gun Preacher is a flawed and fascinating movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2011
Despite its gut-wrenching honesty vis--vis lunacy, religion, and the tricky intersection thereof, Machine Gun Preacher is ultimately undone by its chaotic tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2011
In telling a true story, ambiguity can be an asset; but instead of mapping a middle course, director Marc Foster veers between two kinds of falsehoods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2011
After watching MGP I forgive Butler his Hollywood rom-coms. Who knew an American could go to the Sudan, kill lots of rebels without any consequences, and become a living legend?
October 7, 2011
Butler delivers an unconvincing performance that's part and parcel of a phony film lacking in any narrative subtlety or finesse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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