Father Stu

critic Reviews

, 43% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Mark Wahlberg is hard-working but miscast in Father Stu, an issue compounded by the way the movie fumbles its fact-based story.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The star’s wild-card charisma motors the story along, even if events sprawl beyond the control of first-time director Rosalind Ross when tragedy enters.
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    James LuxfordBBC.com
    “(Wahlberg) feels out of place and, dare I say, a little bit ridiculous in the role… he gives a lot to it, but he doesn’t quite pull it off. The plot (also) feels quite heavy-handed in terms of its message."
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    Father Stu is so lifeless that saccharine would’ve been an improvement.
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    Whelan BarzeyTime Out
    Well-intentioned but ultimately mishandled, it commits the cardinal sin of indecisiveness, middling out in a purgatory of daddy issues and Sunday service pamphlets.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Playing out to the histrionic squalling of a country-infused score, this is film-making that aims to smite its audience into submission.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    The strength of Father Stu is that Stu himself is fully imagined.
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    Peter CanaveseCelluloid Dreams
    A socially conservative, faith-based biographical drama, and an unconvincing, broadly played, sinner-redeemed story with shallow characterizations and the pick-up line: "I'd wait 40 years in the desert for you."
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    It's too bad that Rosalind Ross, making her feature writing and directing debuts, doesn't offer a smoother or deeper ride.
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    Alan FrenchWe Live Entertainment
    he story of Father Stuart Long should inspire you to put more good into the world. Instead, this tainted version is more concerned with landing the joke.
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    Jonathan SimComingSoon.net
    Father Stu is a lot of things. Tragic, emotional, and humorous, it serves as a vehicle for two Hollywood stars with bigoted pasts to make a movie about second chances.
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