70

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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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70

Variety

By 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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50

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
Even the logos for the companies involved in its making (Sherwood Films and Affirm Films) and distribution (TriStar Pictures) scream that this will be a message from on high.
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50

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
For all Kendrick's stolidity, he delivers a couple of wrenchingly tender scenes.
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50

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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50

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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40

Los Angeles Times

By 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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38

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
The message delivered isn't subtle, with Kendrick delivering toss-away lines that suggest he doesn't even tolerate "the option" of divorce. But the bigger message might be that the Kendricks haven't sold out, "gone Hollywood" or watered down their Baptist beliefs based on efforts to reach an audience beyond the faithful.
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33

The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
Courageous literally preaches to the converted, delivering ham-fisted messages of responsibility to the most receptive audience possible.
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30

Village Voice

By 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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42 out of 100
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