25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The Lord works in mysterious ways but Persecuted works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller.
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25

RogerEbert.com

While Remar does his best to resist the film’s melodramatic tendencies — to no avail, ultimately — Thompson is the only one here who actually grounds the proceedings during his few moments on screen.
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25

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
A confused and confusing thriller.
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The not so fair and balanced film might have made its religious themes palatable if it worked reasonably well as a thriller. But director/screenwriter Lusko shows no flair for the genre, his muddled execution lacking any sense of pacing or suspense.
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20

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
If Persecuted wasn’t such a dire thriller, its sweaty fear of pluralism (Obama’s “We are no longer a Christian nation” speech gets handed to Davison’s evil senator here) might at least be amusing.
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10

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
This terrible attempt at a political thriller for the religious right is aimed not at Christians in general but at a certain breed of them, the kind who feel as if the rest of the world were engaged in a giant conspiracy against their interpretation of good and truth.
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0

Slant Magazine

By Tomas Hachard
There's no attempt to convince us that the world is being corrupted by people who haven't accepted the Gospel; it merely assumes we agree with that idea.
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0

Variety

By Justin Chang
At a time when the world offers us no shortage of examples of what actual religious persecution looks like, for a film to indulge in this particular brand of self-righteous fearmongering isn’t just clueless or reckless; it’s an act of contemptible irresponsibility.
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7 out of 100
Overwhelming dislike
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.