The Work and the Glory
The Work and the Glory (2004)

When the Steed family relocates to upstate New York from their long-time home in Vermont, religious strife threatens to destroy their close-knit relationship in director Russel Holt's screen adaptation of author Gerald N. Lund's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Handsomely mounted but awfully bland.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A pretty but weakly written and acted period piece.

Eric D. Snider

It occasionally catches its balance with bright supporting characters or compelling scenes, but then it stumbles again with mild scenes of characters having spiritual crises.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Ultimately stumbles in its mission to make the founding of the Mormon religion interesting to a general audience.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

It's hard to imagine this movie capturing an audience outside the Mormon community.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Earnest, admirable and pretty, but about as compelling as one of the blander episodes of 'Little House on the Prairie.'

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

A likable, ambitious film that does its proselytizing in a roundabout way until its clumsy, final half-hour.

Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Offers an efficient and often credible, if overly sanitized, look at the time, place and circumstances in which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

...plays strictly to the faithful -- most anyone else will have trouble taking Joseph Smith seriously as a non-delusional human being.

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