'For Greater Glory' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   47 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The jamming together of so much history and melodrama makes for a handsome movie that is only rarely gripping.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    "For Greater Glory" is at times so heavy-handed that the movie itself seems at war. Unfortunately, the enemy is not just a repressive administration, but the audience.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    The scenes just plod along without much to help distinguish them. It's not an epic movie so much as an epic run-on sentence.
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  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It is plodding, lazily filmed, gassy with James Horner's score, and pads its runtime only by way of tolling repetition.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    When its passion connects with several strong performances, it transcends a heavy piousness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    It is well-made, yes, but has such pro-Catholic tunnel vision I began to question its view of events.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    As generic as the title, this historical drama spares no cliche in depicting Mexico's Cristero War of the late 1920.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Horgen Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    If Michael Bay woke up one day and said to himself, "I need to make a movie about religious persecution in 1920s Mexico," I imagine it would look something like this.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    The result is pretty much as forgettable as the Cristeros War.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Director Dean Wright and screenwriter Michael Love fail to develop compelling characters or to construct a coherent plot.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    Despite enough good intentions to pave a four-lane highway, the ardently sincere but dramatically unfocused For Greater Glory plays like a multipart miniseries that has been hacked down to feature length.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The sometimes painfully sincere and slow-moving "For Greater Glory" clearly aspires to be inspirational, but history won't cooperate.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    It's the stuff of real life, and of high drama, but Dean Wright's directorial debut translates little of that latter quality to the screen.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This historical drama about the little-known Cristero War in 1920s Mexico is more educational than involving.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Craig FoxNews.com
    60
    "For Greater Glory" takes its cues from a bygone era of Technicolor Golden Age epics and delivers a sprawling political drama steeped in old-fashioned Hollywood romanticism.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Cook KWQC-TV (Iowa)
    50
    The compelling archival footage, which literally made me gasp aloud, and the incredible, disturbing photos are amazing. Unfortunately, you'll see them only during the end credits of 'For Greater Glory.'
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    50
    The compelling archival footage, which literally made me gasp aloud, and the incredible, disturbing photos are amazing. Unfortunately, you'll see them only during the end credits of 'For Greater Glory.'
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    40
    It's the kind of now-obscure subject matter that could be fascinating if done well, but here just feels like an obligation. And yeah there's going to be a test, so good luck at not falling asleep in class.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    40
    The story deserves a better movie than it gets here ...
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  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    50
    An interesting historical drama that only mildly entertains
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dan Lybarger KC Active
    40
    Curiously, rookie director Dean Wright can't seem to make a struggle for one of the most basic rights all that interesting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Boxoffice Magazine
    20
    The film's length and muddled message will likely keep it from reaching much of an audience, even within the presumed Latino faith-based target.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    59
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  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    50
    Solemn and fervent,delivering an educational history lesson that defeats itself because of its R-rating.
    Full Review » 2 years ago