'Courageous' Critic Reviews

88%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
30%
Rotten Tomatoes:   23 reviews
  • Keith Staskiewicz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness.
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  • Paul Brunick New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Overplotted and understructured, "Courageous" is a slog to get through at 130 minutes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    It takes a certain touch to pull it off, and here, the serviceable cast just doesn't have it in them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    Like a pastor so caught up in the moment that he can't see that the air conditioning has given out and the congregation wants to go home, the film travels far beyond its dramatic climax, aiming for an altar call finale.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The performances are effective all around with director Kendrick quite moving in the central role of Adam, the veteran officer, who suffers a horrific family tragedy that sets much of the film's plot in motion.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The many topics raised - gangs, drugs, immigration, absentee parents, poverty - are examined with didacticism and platitudes instead of by mining their inherent complexities.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    38
    A significant step backward for those movie making preachers at Sherwood...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    50
    Nicely produced, but the converted are more likely to be impressed than the skeptical.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Bennett Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
    75
    Dares to preach its highly controversial message in order to inspire the faithful while risking the ire of critics and non-believers. Its message? Fathers, man up.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media
    60
    Despite violence, Christian fatherhood drama is uplifting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kam Williams AALBC.com
    100
    A moving, modern parable not to be missed by anyone who's always wondering why they don't make wholesome movies with uplifting messages anymore.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    40
    Yeah, it's still a preach-to-the-choir movie, but this choir doesn't really see itself on the big screen very often, so don't begrudge them a film where the action hero cop stops and prays for guidance before big gun battle. It happens.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    40
    Sadly, this particular Gospel is not very good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    80
    Profound without being preachy, "Courageous" never forgets to entertain
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nathan Rabin AV Club
    25
    Courageous literally preaches to the converted, delivering ham-fisted messages of responsibility to the most receptive audience possible.
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  • Jim Slotek Jam! Movies
    50
    If you have a tendency to nod off during sermons, Courageous has a cure for that -- a noisy last act gun-battle with drug dealers that's primetime ready.
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  • Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
    50
    Praise be to Courageous for being upfront.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Christianity Today
    63
    While the film's church-based roots and the tendency toward didactic, schematic storytelling are still in evidence, Courageous is [Sherwood's] most ambitious and watchable film to date.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    A valiant effort, but Courageous is such a clumsy motion picture, incapable of delivering its critical messages without displaying some of the most cringe-inducing filmmaking of the year.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Judy Screen It!
    It has some occasional rough acting, is too episodic for its own good, and could have been trimmed by a good 30 minutes. Even so, it's the group's most accomplished offering to date and that's saying something. (Movie Review for Parents also available)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kam Williams NewsBlaze
    100
    A moving, modern parable not to be missed by anyone who's always wondering why they don't make wholesome movies with uplifting messages anymore.
    Full Review » 3 years ago