Machine Gun Preacher
Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There's a complex man at the center of Machine Gun Preacher but the movie is too shapeless and emotionally vacant to bring his story to life.

David Jenkins
Time Out

The need to cram in facts and events makes 'Machine Gun Preacher' feel too much like one large and needlessly glossy montage sequence.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

What looks on the surface to be yet another inspiring story of one man's salvation turns out to be instead both an examination of modern atrocity and a rethinking of the burden/beauty of belief.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

it can be a bit... preachy, if you pardon the pun

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In telling a true story, ambiguity can be an asset; but instead of mapping a middle course, director Marc Foster veers between two kinds of falsehoods.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Why is it that uplifting movies based on true stories often feel so untrue and fall so flat?

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

With an exploitation-friendly title like Machine Gun Preacher you'd think this movie would be the soul brother of Hobo With A Shotgun. Unfortunately, that is not so.

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William Goss

The clichés fly like so many spent bullet casings...

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

What a surprise. Its grindhouse title notwithstanding, "Machine Gun Preacher" is a genuine drama.

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Ben Kendrick

Despite a competent performance from Butler, Machine Gun Preacher tackles way too much material to present a cohesive onscreen telling of the Sam Childers story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Somewhat in the veins of Blood Diamond, this one fared well enough for me, though not as good as Blood Diamond. The cast gave excellent performance, and the… More
"Beautiful. Tragic. Inspiring. Horrifying. Sad. Beautiful- these children and people like Deng and Marco keep fighting and not giving up. Tragic- so many… More
Alex roy
Real life stories make for some very good films. Now I've had reservations about seeing Machine Gun Preacher due to the fact that Gerard Butler has made a… More
Dean King
A decent film based on the life of Sam Childers. A good performance from Butler playing Sam who seems to hit rock bottom, rises up when he finds God and has… More
Al S
An outstanding movie that packs insanely powerful punch. It`s an inspirational classic of a rebel who found his cause. A genuine human drama that cuts you to… More
Chris Weber
Based on a true story, this film features Gerard Butler as Sam Childers, a former drug dealer/junkie biker gang member turned Christian who, after being… More