End of the Spear Synopsis
A tribesman in the Ecuadorean rain forest abandons his violent way of life.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By 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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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's not remotely as luscious or half as bold as Malick's movie, but it is shorter and more educational.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Shot in Panama, with a cast of local Indians and B-tier Latino and Anglo actors, End of the Spear has neither the marquee heft nor the...
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Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
The naiveté with which the missionaries approach their initial meeting with the Waodani, whose propensity to violence was well-documented,...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A sincere but underwhelming dramatization of one of the biggest news stories of 1956.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
This ersatz jungle adventure is really a thinly disguised Sunday School lesson in faith, charity and the savagery of life without Christ.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
In documentary footage played over the closing credits, the real warrior is introduced to American fast food and returns to his people too...
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Chicago Tribune

By Allison Benedikt
A childish and visually repetitive movie, ham-fisted, proselytizing and overtly simplified.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A Christian-themed film about redemption with almost no redeeming qualities as entertainment.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Atrociously scripted and edited.
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comments on 'End of the Spear'

By translucent_paint
The film itself was executed fairly well (acting wasn't phenomenal, but wasn't terrible either), cinematography was good, storyline flowed well, directing was good... however, I was looking forward...

Forgiveness and reconciliation

By Spartacus2000
The movie is about forgiveness and reconciliation and not about anthropological work. Personally would have loved to see some in the film, especially since they locations are so beautiful. I went in...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense sequences of violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Christian missionaries "save" Ecuadorian tribe.
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