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Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children? Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous. --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It takes a certain touch to pull it off, and here, the serviceable cast just doesn't have it in them."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"Devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness."
‑ Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly
"A significant step backward for those movie making preachers at Sherwood..."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Despite violence, Christian fatherhood drama is uplifting."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Profound without being preachy, "Courageous" never forgets to entertain"
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"The many topics raised - gangs, drugs, immigration, absentee parents, poverty - are examined with didacticism and platitudes instead of by mining their inherent complexities."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Nicely produced, but the converted are more likely to be impressed than the skeptical."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Yeah, it's still a preach-to-the-choir movie, but this choir doesn't really see itself on the big screen very often, so don't begrudge them a film where the action hero cop stops and prays for guidance before big gun battle. It happens."
‑ Dave White,
"It has some occasional rough acting, is too episodic for its own good, and could have been trimmed by a good 30 minutes. Even so, it's the group's most accomplished offering to date and that's saying something. (Movie Review for Parents also available)"
‑ Jim Judy, Screen It!
"Overplotted and understructured, "Courageous" is a slog to get through at 130 minutes."
‑ Paul Brunick, New York Times
"Courageous literally preaches to the converted, delivering ham-fisted messages of responsibility to the most receptive audience possible."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Dares to preach its highly controversial message in order to inspire the faithful while risking the ire of critics and non-believers. Its message? Fathers, man up."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Sadly, this particular Gospel is not very good."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Praise be to Courageous for being upfront."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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