Machine Gun Preacher
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When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed-in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. But for Sam, it is not enough to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The need to cram in facts and events makes 'Machine Gun Preacher' feel too much like one large and needlessly glossy montage sequence."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"it can be a bit... preachy, if you pardon the pun"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's an uncomfortable marriage of sentimental genre conventions and real-life tragedy shown with graphic detail. It does bring you inside the main character's internal struggle, but doesn't seem focused enough as it sways into action film territory."
‑ Eric Melin,
"In the end it devolves into something disappointingly ordinary, which, given the proven skills and sensibilities of director Marc Forster ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Why is it that uplifting movies based on true stories often feel so untrue and fall so flat?"
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"With an exploitation-friendly title like Machine Gun Preacher you'd think this movie would be the soul brother of Hobo With A Shotgun. Unfortunately, that is not so."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"We're given surprisingly little food for thought when it comes to the question of the complicated tensions between Christian faith and violence."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"The one-note macho man characterization of Childers comes off as a bit boorishly self-righteous."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The clichés fly like so many spent bullet casings..."
‑ William Goss,
"What a surprise. Its grindhouse title notwithstanding, "Machine Gun Preacher" is a genuine drama."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Despite a competent performance from Butler, Machine Gun Preacher tackles way too much material to present a cohesive onscreen telling of the Sam Childers story."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"With all the talk of "Kony/KONY 2012" wending its way into the culture, this movie gives a vivid picture of who this villain is and why the world should be doing something about him."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Butler misfires as a man of God and violence."
‑ Don Groves,
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