The Work and the Glory II: American Zion
The Work and the Glory II: American Zion (2005)

The true story of how the Church of Latter Day Saints made its way to the American West in search of a home free from persecution informs this historical drama, based on the novel by Gerald N. Lund. In 1833, Benjamin Steed (Sam Hennings)… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 13, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Unless the filmmakers can heighten the drama (this was filmed and rushed through editing) and ratchet up the emotion, these movies should go straight to video, or a Mormon church near you. They aren't effective outreach, or entertaining drama.

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Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Scales back on the fictional characters and focuses on the more interesting historical figures.

Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star

An awkward mix of fascinating history and tepid fiction.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

To call this drama heavy-handed would be stating the obvious.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

The movie looks good, but it has that feeling of a pageant or passion play put on every year during the holidays, just on a bigger scale with more money.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's been a slight change in character focus, and those who receive the spotlight this time around are more interesting and compelling. But the technical aspects of the filmmaking aren't quite as good.

Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

While a minor improvement over its promising but sluggish predecessor, "American Zion" despite its authentic look, feels shallow and hastily edited.

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Eric D. Snider

The movie as a whole is agile and accomplished, and the performances are uniformly good, even among one-line characters.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[Director Sterling] Van Wagenen and screenwriter Matt Whitaker... manage to turn musty dates and place names into wrenching moments

Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
I think i've seen it. Not too memorable.