The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brett McCracken
Rating Title/Year Author
A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Brett McCracken Having been raised by a dad who modeled self-sacrificial love and courage, Regan [and Marcus] both demonstrate these characteristics in the film. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Cruella (2021) Brett McCracken Does Satan himself have an origin story that makes his evil understandable, even excusable? The ending of Cruella suggests as much. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
Final Account (2020) Brett McCracken Accurate knowledge about the Holocaust is disturbingly low among Millennials and Gen Z Americans ... I hope this film is shown in high schools across America. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
The Father (2020) Brett McCracken As we watch, we become painfully aware: this will happen to our parents one day. It will happen to us. Every human life is a progression of seasons. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2021
My Octopus Teacher (2020) Brett McCracken My Octopus Teacher represents at least two ways we can turn nature into a false teacher. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2021
Nomadland (2020) Brett McCracken Cuts to the heart of existence, resonating in tone and texture with the aches we all feel-even if the specific story it tells is far from our particular context. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
Our Friend (2019) Brett McCracken A beautiful portrait of embodied, relational love in action. It's a film about being there for each other in the most literal, incarnate sense. No screens, no filters. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Brett McCracken Hillbilly Elegy feels unintentionally condescending and uninterested in the very culture it seeks to humanize. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Brett McCracken By interchangeably telling the story with various 'performed' versions of it ... Sorkin observes the surreality of our 'infotainment' age. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Cuties (2020) Brett McCracken [Everyone] should be able to say it is wrong for a film-any film, however well-intentioned-to depict close-up, lingering shots of scantily clad 11-year-olds twerking. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Tenet (2020) Brett McCracken The real "inversion" of Tenet-and ultimately, all of Nolan's films-is that its stretching upward toward the heavens boomerangs back to this world. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Boys State (2020) Brett McCracken At once inspiring and horrifying, not only because of what it reflects about the state of politics today, but also because its focus on the next generation provides both reason to cheer and fear. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
Young Ahmed (2019) Brett McCracken Ahmed poses many difficult questions-about the nature of evil, rehabilitation, and the limits of empathy-that it leaves the audience to answer. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
First Cow (2019) Brett McCracken Like many of Reichardt's films, First Cow explores the elusive beauty of relational connection in a world that can feel isolating and cruel. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Driveways (2019) Brett McCracken In times of cultural crisis, narratives like this remind us that change often happens locally, through the people we get to know, and learn to love, right next door. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Brett McCracken If it's messy at times and hard to watch at others ... it is mostly because the characters and history Lee explores are anything but neat and tidy. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Athlete A (2020) Brett McCracken Among other things, the film ... is an inspiring reminder of the power of good journalism to expose corruption, advocate for the vulnerable, and bring truth to light. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
The Assistant (2019) Brett McCracken For Christians-who of all people should seek to dismantle rather than perpetuate cultures of abuse-this is an important film to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Brett McCracken Anya Taylor-Joy perfectly captures the iconic snobbery of the titular character, while also imbuing her with moral complexity and an openness to correction. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Thy Kingdom Come (2017) Brett McCracken A gorgeous and empathetic offshoot from Terrence Malick's 2013 film To the Wonder. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
The Way Back (2020) Brett McCracken A story about second chances, redemption, and renewal; the path back to life after descending to the depths. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Brett McCracken Fatherhood is a fragile, precious thing, and Ford v Ferrari captures this well. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Brett McCracken Just Mercy powerfully captures the maddening anguish of innocent people who spend years of their lives behind bars-years they can never get back. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Dark Waters (2019) Brett McCracken Captures the 'long pursuit' aspect of justice especially well ... Justice-seeking is often a lonely pursuit. It doesn't win profits or popularity. It's costly more than lucrative. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
1917 (2019) Brett McCracken The action is propulsive and unrelenting, greatly enhanced by the 'time running out' motif of real-time plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
A Hidden Life (2019) Brett McCracken A Hidden Life is a psalm crying out to the God of refuge and deliverance. It's also a cinematic sermon on the mount, envisioning the upside-down kingdom of God from a literal mountaintop. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
The Irishman (2019) Brett McCracken Sort of like the Forrest Gump of gangster movies. It tells a specific man's story but against the backdrop of a half-century of American history. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brett McCracken Ultimately Jojo is a film about change: the possibility and process of it; how it happens; why it's compelling to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
Joker (2019) Brett McCracken Joker is the perfect bogeyman for our age, embodying the toxic, corrosive power of an entertainment-obsessed, hyper-mediated society of spectacle. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Brett McCracken One of the most theologically interesting [films] of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Brett McCracken This is a rare movie that is sincere, joyous, and un-cynical, but also artfully made ... In dark and anxious times, we need more films like this. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
First Man (2018) Brett McCracken For all its technical merits, narrative intrigue, and fine acting, something feels hollow. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Smallfoot (2018) Brett McCracken [The film's] simplistic binary between faith and science dangerously obscures the more nuanced reality. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Operation Finale (2018) Brett McCracken [Operation Finale] reminds us that ultimate justice, true 'finale' judgment, is not up to us or even possible in this life. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Christopher Robin (2018) Brett McCracken As any artist or creator will attest, along with Pooh, it is often the 'unproductive' spaces and 'irrelevant' explorations that lead to the best things. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018) Brett McCracken The film shows the disturbing disconnect between online confidence and in-person self-consciousness. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Recovery Boys (2018) Brett McCracken The film is beautifully made: moving without being manipulative, informative without being didactic, subtly observational in the manner of great documentary filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Brett McCracken We may never have another Mister Rogers, but shouldn't we be looking for ways to use media the way he did -- to edify and dignify and model virtue? EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
First Reformed (2017) Brett McCracken It makes astute observations about the state of religion generally in our secular age, as well as the toxic temptations facing Christians particularly. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Rider (2017) Brett McCracken It reminds us of the dignifying power of work and purpose in human existence, even as it ponders the meaning of life when these things are taken away. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Heretic (2018) Brett McCracken The Heretic comes across more as an extended PR reel for Bell than a documentary that engages all sides of his story. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Come Sunday (2018) Brett McCracken A cautionary tale about the abuses and theological confusion that can arise in charismatic cultures where 'God told me' is common parlance. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Chappaquiddick (2017) Brett McCracken A chastening, timely picture of the corrosive effects of power and the compromises we make in the name of self-preservation. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Phantom Thread (2017) Brett McCracken Infectiously interested in the gratuitous and quirky beauty of the world. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Hostiles (2017) Brett McCracken A film with a distinctly Christian grasp of universal culpability and reconciling grace. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Mudbound (2017) Brett McCracken There is a lot of sin to go around in Mudbound, a film whose agrarian setting feels like a sort of Paradise Lost. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Florida Project (2017) Brett McCracken Despite the seeming hopelessness of their tragic situation, the children of The Florida Project are mostly full of precocious joy. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Wonderstruck (2017) Brett McCracken Wonderstruck explores the awe, innocence, and curiosity of childhood -- even when surrounded by adult dangers and trauma. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
All Saints (2017) Brett McCracken Here's another question the film raises: what if refugees and immigrants are part of God's answer to our prayers for revival in the American church? EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Dunkirk (2017) Brett McCracken Nolan's knack for 'sculpting in time' reaches a new apex. Dunkirk is to Nolan as 'David' is to Michelangelo. It's his masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019