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Machine Gun Preacher


Genre :

Biography, Drama, Action

Release Date :

September 23, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Marc Forster

Starring :

Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..you are meant to feel exhilarated and inspired, newly aware of the plight of suffering people and awed by one man's dedication to their cause..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
“..this is a legitimate and troubling question and, in a more thoughtful movie..”
by Peter Rainer [Christian Science Monitor]
“..the umpteenth onscreen iteration of a white savior aiding the most desperate in Africa..”
by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]
0.5 of 4

“..the movie is tedious, grisly and too long. The story never delves into the lives of the children..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..the film's dramatic opacity can be maddening..”
by Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]
Review rate : D

“..the film never gets beyond pulp psychology. It's like Machete remade as an awards-bait snoozer..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..just snarls his way through the whole movie, and whatever good Sam Childers has actually accomplished - and is still accomplishing - is lost in movie mediocrity..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
2 of 4

“..it's hard to shake the uncomfortable sensation of watching yet another story that glorifies the white savior..”
by Christy Lemire [Associated Press]
“..it makes for a bumpy entry for most of the rest of the film's very good, but under-utilized cast..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
2.5 of 5

“..is like the AK-47 of dramas: mechanically well-constructed, not especially flashy, solidly built so as to take a few knocks without jamming ... but ultimately so scattershot when it fires all its rounds that it's hard to tell what..”
by James Rocchi [MSN Movies]
2.5 of 4

“..is left with a story that lacks much of a satisfying climax or anything like a proper ending..”
by Dave McGinn [Globe and Mail]
1.5 of 4

“..good intentions are all that matters to this film by director whose intention it is to win some good awards..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
2 of 4

“..believing he's giving Butler a pulpit from which to confess his acting sins..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
“..an impressively heroic true-life story that unfortunately doesn't go far enough in examining its unusual hero..”
by Kirk Honeycutt [Hollywood Reporter]

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“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


“..it is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..Youth has a wan eloquence and elegance, though freighted with sentimentality and a strangely unearned and uninteresting macho-geriatric regret for lost time, lost film projects, lost love..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]