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Based on 32 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 23 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Is he a hero or a lunatic? He's possibly neither, or possibly a little of both, but this is the problem with making a movie about a real person. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Machine Gun Preacher has a lot more wrong with it than a bullet-riddled premise. It is yet another iteration of the big, strong white man who comes to save legions of poor anonymous black Africans. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The failure lies not with the film's director, Marc Forster, nor with its impressive star, Gerard Butler, but with Jason Keller's dreadfully earnest script, which charts the hero's spiritual journey, and his Rambo-esque exploits, without offering a scintilla of mature perspective on his state of mind. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    By the end of Machine Gun Preacher, its title character has become a cartoon. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The result is far too high-and-mighty to truly be moving. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    One can't escape the nagging feeling that the film doesn't dig deeply enough into its real-life hero. The film doesn't explore all those "whys" and "whats." show more

  • 50

    Gerard Butler, who's honed his screen persona as a brutish, charismatic jerk, isn't a bad fit for the role of Sam, even if he's more believable spraying bullets and stabbing hitchhikers than he is delivering a sermon. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The action sequences are energetic and suspenseful but they don't always mesh well with the dramatic material. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    If you'd pay to see a film called "Hotel Rwanda: Maniac Manager," you might be receptive to this mixed-message movie, but skeptics should keep one eye on the exit. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    He seems fueled more by anger and ego than spirituality and essentially abandons his family to play with his guns. It's intriguing, however, how well Butler enlists our sympathy for the character. show more

  • November 16, 2012 is00000000131949
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    A very thought provoking movie.I love movies based on real stories.

  • August 20, 2012 mb00000000062403
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    The critics must be blind or anti-religious or something. I don\'t see how they could give this movie a 47%. This was an amazing story that mixes Guns, God, & Government. It was emotional but full of action. This movie has awaken me to the cause. Great flick, highly recommended.

  • June 09, 2012 ly00000000125771
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    i like your movie please!!! i want look cinema please!!!!!

  • March 01, 2012 Earl
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    Academy award movie! Best picture, best actor, best screen[lay!, if this movie doesn/t get several awards then the academy is a hoax!!

  • December 16, 2011 redbrespookie
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    Gerard Butler deserves an Academy Award for this outstanding performance. My husband and I are saddened that so few people we speak to about this film, have never even heard of it. It had a very limited release, and we hope it gets nominated for an Academy award so it can receive the acclaim it deserves!

  • November 13, 2011 lk00000000105839
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    Great move, true christianity- not a feel good movie about going to church- makes you think way deeeep in your heart what you do with your faith in Jesus!

  • October 18, 2011 kbihari77
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    The best & most important film of the decade! Run to see it … Find a wa

  • October 13, 2011 kanyojoan
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    We have been looking forward to this film for a long time...better then what we expected! Amazing film, exceptional performances by the actors! We are proud of each person involved in the ministry. We hope this movie will impact others in making them aware of what is going on and the sacrifice being made by those involved...on a personal note...thank you Chris! We are proud of you for going and joining Sam in this mission!

  • October 09, 2011 travelbuzz
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    Check out my interview with the real Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers at and see what inspired Gerrard Butler to sign on to play Childers. The film is 5 out of 5.

  • October 09, 2011 jessreevesjr
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    very moivng, realistic, the passion and confision are palpable

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