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Based on 9 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 20
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The not so fair and balanced film might have made its religious themes palatable if it worked reasonably well as a thriller. But director/screenwriter Lusko shows no flair for the genre, his muddled execution lacking any sense of pacing or suspense. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The Lord works in mysterious ways but Persecuted works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller. show more

  • 25
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    A confused and confusing thriller. show more

  • 25

    While Remar does his best to resist the film’s melodramatic tendencies — to no avail, ultimately — Thompson is the only one here who actually grounds the proceedings during his few moments on screen. show more

  • NA
    Tomas Hachard Slant Magazine

    There's no attempt to convince us that the world is being corrupted by people who haven't accepted the Gospel; it merely assumes we agree with that idea. show more

  • 20
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    If Persecuted wasn’t such a dire thriller, its sweaty fear of pluralism (Obama’s “We are no longer a Christian nation” speech gets handed to Davison’s evil senator here) might at least be amusing. show more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle

    Persecuted is a profoundly conservative, Christian ideological take, guised as a classic Seventies paranoid thriller. Certainly unique, this is another targeted release, specifically aimed at groups sharing its beliefs. show more

  • 10
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    This terrible attempt at a political thriller for the religious right is aimed not at Christians in general but at a certain breed of them, the kind who feel as if the rest of the world were engaged in a giant conspiracy against their interpretation of good and truth. show more

  • NA
    Justin Chang Variety

    At a time when the world offers us no shortage of examples of what actual religious persecution looks like, for a film to indulge in this particular brand of self-righteous fearmongering isn’t just clueless or reckless; it’s an act of contemptible irresponsibility. show more

  • July 27, 2014 unclechisr
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    All the liberal critics pan this movie. No Christian or conservative is surprised. This is the point of the entire movie. Christianity under attack from the liberal media, from the Democratic party and this administration, from radical Islam. ..Christianity includes "judgement" and that is a word the left works tirelessly to avoid and destroy....your very reviews reflect this fact. To say its "racist" to have a nearly all white cast is absurd and another example of the left introducing the race card where it has NO place. Have you ever seen a Tyler Perry movie?? Is it racist of him and his nearly all black cast ??The greatest enemy facing this once great nation today is not Putin, Immigration or radical far it is the left and the cancer of LIBERALISM

  • July 20, 2014 mikesmutt
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    the story disappoints as it gets more absurd as it moves along---the lead actor goes overboard in acting, but its totally watchable but wait until DVD---grade C-

  • July 19, 2014 hugtwo
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    Don't waste your money. Disliked most everything about this movie. The plot was too out there; all scenes with Christians were filmed in dark, weird locations; made Christians look like money grabbers; hard to follow what was happening; etc. Too bad they didn't use what could have been a realistic theme to allow the Christian characters to really stand up for the Lord.

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