End of the Spear
End of the Spear (2006)

An indigenous people are turned from a life of violence to a more gentle and forgiving nature in this adventure drama based on a true story. Nate Saint (Chad Allen) is a pilot and Christian missionary who, with his family, lives and works… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shoddy filmmaking and a lack of character development derail what could be a potentially compelling tale.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

[Director] Hanon seems more interested in exploiting his setting's lush green beauty than exploring the psyches of his bland Bible-thumpers.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

This is a movie -- albeit one with a great, gripping story -- shot through with meaningful glances, middling performances and melodramatic music cues. Pity.

Paul Chambers

Unmoving story of white missionaries trying to save the poor indigenous people of Ecuador. Paul Chambers, CNN.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Although the film invests time among the tribesmen, it never really explores the idea that one man's missionary work is another's ideological aggression. And the movie is tentative, dramatically speaking.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

What does hold back this terrifically detailed and often-entertaining effort are the limitations of the script and uneven acting.

Cole Smithey

A squeaky-clean family of missionaries lives out their fantasy of "saving" a violent tribe of Ecuadorian jungle natives in this virulently wrong-headed movie.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Too bad this sincere but inept movie doesn't do justice to any of the real people whose powerful story it tells.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Filmmakers don't need stories with a religious agenda any more than they need ones with an irreligious one. They don't need stories with any agenda, frankly. They just need good stories.

Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today

Through the harrowing experience of two men as told in End of the Spear -- Steve Saint and Mincaye -- moviegoers can learn the power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Well done. Good, and decent movie, if you see it for what it is..a movie about people trying to do good.
Dannielle Albert
Touching movie. Needs more dialouge on the reason/passion behind the gospel. Why people sacrificed their lives.
William Goss
I have a hunch that something got lost in the translation from fact to fiction.