• Released
  • September 23, 2011
  • R , 2 hr 7 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Drama
  • 54 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Former biker Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) establishes an orphanage in Africa.

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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...
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63

ReelViews

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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50

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...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
By the end of Machine Gun Preacher, its title character has become a cartoon.
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50

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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50

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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...
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The result is far too high-and-mighty to truly be moving.
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38

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...
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30

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...
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25

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...
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Rated R | For Disturbing Images, A Scene of Sexuality, Language, Some Drug Use and Violent Content
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