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Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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October 2, 2012
Despite a competent performance from Butler, Machine Gun Preacher tackles way too much material to present a cohesive onscreen telling of the Sam Childers story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2011
It is commendable that Gerard Butler, director Marc Foster and writer Jason Keller have tried to bring the issue of child soldiers to as wide an audience as possible - but though its heart may be in the right place, it never finds a steady rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2011
The film's attempt to tell Childers' story in the context of the bigger horrors being perpetrated in the Sudan feels like an unnecessary burden that Forster's middlebrow approach can't suppo
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2011
Yes, it's yet another story about white people helping poor black folk, but as tales of imperialistic cultural colonialism as spiritual growth go, this one is solid stuff...
November 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2011
Gerard Butler is involving, even charismatic, always plausible as a man of contained and then uncontained violence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 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
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
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
Spectacular scenery fills the screen, courtesy of cinematographer Roberto Schaefer. Definitely a movie with a message, the subject matter and R rated material will find limited audience appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 6, 2011
"Machine Gun Preacher" feels inspiring, but never inspired. Which is the difference between a great story and a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2011
What looks on the surface to be yet another inspiring story of one man's salvation turns out to be instead both an examination of modern atrocity and a rethinking of the burden/beauty of belief.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 30, 2011
Because it's based on real people and events, it carries unquestionable emotional heft despite its equally undeniable flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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