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End of the Spear Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

… inspirational … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    45

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Atrociously scripted and edited.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    A childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    It might have been inspired by actual events, but End of the Spear is, literally and figuratively, simply too dull to make any impact.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Christian missionaries "save" Ecuadorian tribe.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes some explicit violence: White hunters kidnap a Waodoni girl (in an early, harrowing chase and grab scene); the Waodonis kill each other and members of another tribe, out of vengeance and fear; and the Waodonis attack four white missionaries, spearing them brutally. As a child, the son of one of the dead missionaries lives briefly with his aunt and the tribe, unknowingly befriending the man who killed his father. Eventually, they have an emotional reckoning.

  • Families can talk about the film's two main themes. One, is evangelism an effective and fair or aggressive and intrusive way to change an entire community's behavior and culture? And two, how does the film make the case for nonviolence rather than vengeance, in response to devastating violence? How does the film use stereotypes to make this case -- generous and collaborative women, enthusiastic but ignorant white men, and violent and primitive natives?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Nonviolent message is commendable; stereotyping of characters (white and native) is regrettable.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Several scenes involving hunting and/or spearing of humans, with wounding and blood visible.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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