Metacritic Movie Ratings
Machine Gun Preacher Reviews

3.0

43

out of 100

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

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterKirk Honeycutt

    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."

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

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

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    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.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    The title, Machine Gun Preacher, makes it sound like a piece of grindhouse kitsch - and by the time it's over, you'll be thinking, ''If only!''

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