The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk 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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By James Berardinelli
The action sequences are energetic and suspenseful but they don't always mesh well with the dramatic material.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Is he a hero or a lunatic? He's possibly neither, or possibly a little of both, but this is the problem with making a movie about a real person.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
By the end of Machine Gun Preacher, its title character has become a cartoon.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Machine Gun Preacher is crude and ham-handed from its ridiculous title on down, but it still gets to some interesting places.
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Gerard Butler, who's honed his screen persona as a brutish, charismatic jerk, isn't a bad fit for the role of Sam, even if he's more believable spraying bullets and stabbing hitchhikers than he is delivering a sermon.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The result is far too high-and-mighty to truly be moving.
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USA Today

By Claudia 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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Wall Street Journal

By Joe 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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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen 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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43 out of 100
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