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Courageous Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Miraculously miracle-free. Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

Preaching to the choir. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    42

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Schager

    Borderline creepy, Courageous endlessly expounds on the importance of God in men's lives but fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    Courageous, proves a particularly clunky, tunnel-visioned vehicle whose overbearing, overlong script nearly smothers the movie's quibble-free message.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    How you like Courageous - an overtly Christian-targeted production about four police officers learning lessons about God and family - will likely mirror how you view church: It's either an overlong ordeal filled with talky sermonizing or an uplifting communion with your deity and values.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    For now, though, Mr. Kendrick will have to settle for being a good enough filmmaker, content to preach to the choir.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Moviegoers devoted to faith-based fare will flock to megaplexes for Courageous, easily the most polished production so far from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the prolific and increasingly accomplished filmmaking pastors at the Sherwood Church of Albany, Ga.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Courageous reveals the duo's growing expertise as filmmakers with its skillful blending of moving drama, subtle comedy and several impressive action sequences, including a well-staged foot chase and a harrowing shootout between the cops and bad guys.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Despite violence, Christian fatherhood drama is uplifting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie, which was produced by the same Protestant church that made Fireproof, is equal parts message movie and Evangelical ministry tool. Consequently, the story focuses on themes about conversion to Christianity and being a good, godly father. There's no language or sex, but there's more violence/peril than in similar films -- the cop protagonists engage in chases and skirmishes with suspects that end in fight fights and, in one case, a child being temporarily taken hostage at gunpoint. Tragedy strikes the central family, and one cop's baby is nearly kidnapped when his truck is car jacked. Because of the grown-up themes that focus on the nature of fatherhood and following God's path as a parent, this isn't a movie that will appeal to kids; it's aimed at the men, particularly dads, in the audience.

  • Families can talk about what makes a good father. What does this movie teach about the meaning of fatherhood? Does that match your own experience?
  • Do you have to be a Christian to understand or appreciate what this movie is saying about fatherhood and life in general?
  • Do you think the violent/tense scenes were necessary to the story? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: There are many family-centered positive messages about the importance of being a "present" father who doesn't just go through the motions but really takes his job as a father seriously. Javier puts his morals and his family first, even if it could cost him a job. In the aftermath of tragedy, Adam dedicates himself to becoming a better father. David decides to accept responsibility for the child he never met.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Adam, Javier, and Nathan are admirable men who believe that their role as fathers is sacred. Javier is hardworking, honest, and a committed family man. Almost all of the criminals depicted in the movie are African American.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A few tense and disturbing sequences, from the opening scene in which Nathan follows his car-jacked truck in order to rescue his baby, to a long chase on foot between the cops and a couple of suspects that ends in a fist fight. A teenage boy is repeatedly beaten during a gang initiation. A cop uses a Taser to subdue someone. In a climactic cops vs. gang members scene, a criminal grabs a young girl as a hostage. A child is heartbreakingly killed (off camera) in an accident.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Married couples embrace; a girl is asked out by an interested guy. A man explains that his father had children with six different women; another reveals that, during a one-night stand in college, he fathered a child he's never met.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A police officer is shown stealing drugs (white powder) that are supposed to be entered into evidence. Gang members discuss an upcoming drug deal, and one tries to get rid of his stash.

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