The Work and the Glory II: American Zion
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The Work and the Glory II: American Zion
The true story of how the Church of Latter Day Saints made its way to the American West in search of a home free from persecution informs this historical drama, based on the novel by Gerald N. Lund. In 1833, Benjamin Steed (Sam Hennings) and his wife, Mary Ann (Brenda Strong), were the leaders of a family of Mormons living in Missouri, but they and their fellow followers of the teachings of Joseph Smith (Jonathan Scarfe) knew little peace, as fierce anti-Mormon factions took violent action against the settlers. When several hundred LDS members were forced from their homes by vigilantes, Smith… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unless the filmmakers can heighten the drama (this was filmed and rushed through editing) and ratchet up the emotion, these movies should go straight to video, or a Mormon church near you. They aren't effective outreach, or entertaining drama."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Scales back on the fictional characters and focuses on the more interesting historical figures."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"An awkward mix of fascinating history and tepid fiction."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Kansas City Star
"Unlike Holt, Van Wagenen knows what he is doing. Now fans of the series can look forward to the next entry in The Work and the Glory series, instead of dreading it."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"To call this drama heavy-handed would be stating the obvious."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie looks good, but it has that feeling of a pageant or passion play put on every year during the holidays, just on a bigger scale with more money."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"There's been a slight change in character focus, and those who receive the spotlight this time around are more interesting and compelling. But the technical aspects of the filmmaking aren't quite as good."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"While a minor improvement over its promising but sluggish predecessor, "American Zion" despite its authentic look, feels shallow and hastily edited."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The movie as a whole is agile and accomplished, and the performances are uniformly good, even among one-line characters."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"[Director Sterling] Van Wagenen and screenwriter Matt Whitaker... manage to turn musty dates and place names into wrenching moments"
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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