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
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
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Brett McCracken A film that groans for grace amid the brutality of a dog-eat-dog world. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Arrival (2016) Brett McCracken A film that uses an alien encounter on earth to probe deeper questions about faith, time, suffering, and love. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Brett McCracken A short but sprawling cantata that functions as a sort of Cliff's Notes capstone to Malick's 45-year filmmaking career. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Ben-Hur (2016) Brett McCracken Ben-Hur suffers from many faith-based genre pitfalls -- on-the-nose dialogue, unsubtle 'cross' imagery and parallelism, saccharine endings. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Gosnell (2018) Brett McCracken It's a slasher film about a bogeyman of a different, more disturbing sort. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Boy Erased (2018) Brett McCracken A well-acted and moving drama that nevertheless traffics in the 'no shades of gray' neo-fundamentalism of contemporary progressivism. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Brett McCracken In a world where the reality of death is increasingly avoided or hidden from view, [Buster Scruggs is] oddly sobering. Remembering death matters. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Manbiki kazoku (2018) Brett McCracken Kore-eda is less interested in judging this family for their thievery ... than he is in examining their humanity and empathizing with their working-class plight. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Brett McCracken The film is lighthearted and fun; more poetic than pulpy. It's a cops-and-robbers story ... in which the cop and robber have mutual affection. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Widows (2018) Brett McCracken As much about class, race, politics, and privilege as it is about heists, Widows presents a fallen world where thievery is just part of life. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
American Animals (2018) Brett McCracken Life imitating art is a real dynamic for these boys, as it is for the film itself (which opts for actors and thrilling heist tropes rather than a straightforward documentary). EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Roma (2018) Brett McCracken [Roma] pays attention to the overlooked, the lowly, the humble -- the things a utilitarian, power-obsessed world disregards or merely uses. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Brett McCracken The Favourite is full of vibrant colors, opulent sets, lush costumes, blood oranges, tea cakes, and a world of sensory delights. But none of it is beautiful. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Fyre (2019) Brett McCracken What happened with Fyre is ultimately a subgenre of our larger crisis of epistemology. Fake news. Alternative facts. Post-truth. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Brett McCracken As we watch [Apollo 11], it's hard to not feel nostalgic for a time when audacious, seemingly impossible dreams came to fruition and united people around common cause EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Brett McCracken Homecoming is carefully crafted to underscore the hallowed, historic status of #Beychella. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Brett McCracken As Franklin sings songs like 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus' and 'Never Grow Old,' audience members appear enraptured and spiritually moved, believers and unbelievers alike. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Brett McCracken Tolkien observes the general human need for kindred spirits, comrades-in-arms, cohorts to spur passion and purpose, friends to live and love and die alongside. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Emanuel (2019) Brett McCracken In an American society where the ubiquity of mass shootings and racially motivated violence leave some tragically numb to their evil, films like this are urgent and important. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Brett McCracken Yesterday is a fun movie, but it is does a disservice to the Beatles songs by downplaying their context and suggesting they somehow transcend place and time. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Brett McCracken In Once Upon a Time, the celebration of movie fantasy and the moral longing for justice are deliberately and movingly intertwined. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019