The Work and the Glory
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When the Steed family relocates to upstate New York from their long-time home in Vermont, religious strife threatens to destroy their close-knit relationship in director Russel Holt's screen adaptation of author Gerald N. Lund's best-selling romance novel. A hardworking family whose struggle to adapt to the ways of Palmyra is complicated when they find that their hired help is embedded in a tense religious controversy. The Steeds' situation grows increasingly dire when both siblings fall for the daughter of a wealthy merchant. The more the family struggles to unbind themselves from… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Handsomely mounted but awfully bland."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A pretty but weakly written and acted period piece."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Offers an efficient and often credible, if overly sanitized, look at the time, place and circumstances in which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"There's no denying there's a compelling movie in the life of the founder of the Mormon church, and there's also no denying that The Work and the Glory is not that film."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Ultimately stumbles in its mission to make the founding of the Mormon religion interesting to a general audience."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"It's hard to imagine this movie capturing an audience outside the Mormon community."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Earnest, admirable and pretty, but about as compelling as one of the blander episodes of 'Little House on the Prairie.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"With improved production values also come high expectations, especially in terms of storytelling. So when the plotting and a few of the performances are just so-so, it's hard not to think of the film as at least a bit of a disappointment."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A likable, ambitious film that does its proselytizing in a roundabout way until its clumsy, final half-hour."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"It occasionally catches its balance with bright supporting characters or compelling scenes, but then it stumbles again with mild scenes of characters having spiritual crises."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"...plays strictly to the faithful -- most anyone else will have trouble taking Joseph Smith seriously as a non-delusional human being."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A smoothly mixed religious drama with all the professional production value you could expect from any film"
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
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