Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

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November 4, 2011
Gerard Butler is involving, even charismatic, always plausible as a man of contained and then uncontained violence...
November 2, 2011
Overly preachy and overly long. A missed opportunity.
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.
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.
October 6, 2011
The clichs fly like so many spent bullet casings...
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.
September 30, 2011
Why is it that uplifting movies based on true stories often feel so untrue and fall so flat?
September 30, 2011
The Lord may work in mysterious ways, but "Machine Gun Preacher" is downright confounding.
September 29, 2011
Somewhere in the middle of this 127-minute film, the energy drops out, and Forster never quite gets it back.
September 29, 2011
Sam's duality ought to make for some interesting storytelling and a fascinating, conflicted character. But Forster and Butler overplay that conflict, turning "Preacher" into a portrait of goodwill gone amok.
September 29, 2011
"Machine Gun Preacher'' is crude and ham-handed from its ridiculous title on down, but it still gets to some interesting places.
September 29, 2011
Childers' deeds are presented simply as heroic. By the end of Machine Gun Preacher, its title character has become a cartoon.
September 29, 2011
If nothing else, Machine Gun Preacher drives home the inhumanity of the situation far better than any two-minute evening news segment can.
September 29, 2011
There's more machine gunning than preaching, but what did you expect?
September 29, 2011
Butler acts the role within an inch of its life.
September 29, 2011
"Machine Gun Preacher" gives blood-soaked missionary work a bad name.
September 29, 2011
"Machine Gun Preacher" is a combination of uplift and gritty violence, and the parts don't fit.
September 23, 2011
It's probably Gerard Butler's best and most complete performance to date in one of the more inspirational stories of the year.
September 23, 2011
Even the Sudanese orphans, whose plight is, after all, the film's reason for being, are presented as a grievous backdrop to Childers's calisthenics. They are poster-art children, framed to elicit our maximum sympathy.
September 23, 2011
The filmmakers may have started with a real story here. But all they've come up with is a real chore.
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