Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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September 23, 2011
Far too high-and-mighty to truly be moving.
September 23, 2011
An utterly bungled opportunity to show how a soul gets rebuilt through Christian faith.
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September 22, 2011
Perhaps if the role had been played by an actor capable of conveying greater complexity, it could have been moving. But the way Butler plays it, this is a shoot'em-up blood bath rather than an inspiring movie.
September 22, 2011
Having such a complicated man as a central character is a blessing and a curse for the filmmakers, and the movie struggles because of this.
September 22, 2011
The story, written by Jason Keller, lurches and wanders, and the filmmakers seem flummoxed by its ethical and political complexities, unable to reconcile the two poles of their hero's personality.
September 22, 2011
Charts the hero's spiritual journey, and his Rambo-esque exploits, without offering a scintilla of mature perspective on his state of mind.
September 22, 2011
It expresses something neither religious-uplift movies nor Great White Hope stories tend to acknowledge: the consuming frustration and loneliness that can come alongside a moral call to action.
September 21, 2011
It's like Machete remade as an awards-bait snoozer.
September 21, 2011
The real-life Sam Childers, who's still working in Sudan, is probably more complicated than this.
September 21, 2011
...ultimately so scattershot when it fires all its rounds that it's hard to tell what, exactly, the film makers were aiming for when they pulled the trigger.
September 21, 2011
Childers's varied, charitable life story warrants a movie, but whether that means it's okay to simply mash up sappy Christian piety and action-movie chaos is highly debatable.
September 20, 2011
Machine Gun Preacher is the umpteenth onscreen iteration of a white savior aiding the most desperate in Africa.
September 13, 2011
No wonder Butler fancied taking this on: it's a terrific fit for his own brand of soulful aggression - half saint, half psychopath.
September 12, 2011
Machine Gun Preachernicely balances the action and drama, uses its locations well and has the good grace to celebrate a relatively unknown do-gooder, whatever his motivations may be.
September 8, 2011
[Marc Forster]is constrained by reality, and so is left with a story that lacks much of a satisfying climax or anything like a proper ending.
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