Courageous (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 30, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2012
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While the filmmaking is fairly competent, Courageous is overall worthless to anybody who doesn't subscribe to its dogmatic agenda.

Tom Russo
Boston Globe

It takes a certain touch to pull it off, and here, the serviceable cast just doesn't have it in them.

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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

Devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

A significant step backward for those movie making preachers at Sherwood...

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The many topics raised - gangs, drugs, immigration, absentee parents, poverty - are examined with didacticism and platitudes instead of by mining their inherent complexities.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Nicely produced, but the converted are more likely to be impressed than the skeptical.

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Paul Brunick
New York Times

Overplotted and understructured, "Courageous" is a slog to get through at 130 minutes.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Courageous literally preaches to the converted, delivering ham-fisted messages of responsibility to the most receptive audience possible.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
From the makers of "Fire Proof" comes this movie about four cops reconnecting with their faith in hopes of building a better relationship with their… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
actual, real-life conversation i had with ticket-guy at my hometown theater: "Hey, um.. do you know what this movie is about? cause the poster is just… More
Nate Zoebl
Last fall, Courageous opened to sellout crowds, but unless you or your family is plugged in to Christian media, you probably missed it (you know a movie's… More
Lukas Miller
Great message, tedious movie.I'm sure southern Baptists will burn me to a stake but "Courageous" is far from a five star production. Having… More
Manu Gino
Honor Begins At Home Good movie! This movie should inspire everyone to be the best you can be. Don't miss it. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell,… More
Brendan Nicholls
starts off interesting but soon as the agenda becomes apparent I wanted to turn the film off. this is like the tv movie of the week your parents would watch