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For Greater Glory

01greater_span-thumbstandard In Mexico in the late 1920s, President Calles institutes a vicious ban on Catholicism that results in many deaths and prompts retired general Gorostieta to join the motley militia groups fighting to preserve religious freedom throughout the country.
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Netflix Rating: 3.9
NYT Review
“For Greater Glory," by Dean Wright, is an epic of the Cristero War in Mexico, when Roman Catholics fought back against government suppression. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 18%
Critics' score: 18   Audience score: 77   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

As generic as the title, this historical drama spares no cliche in depicting Mexico's Cristero War of the late 1920. full review

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

It's the stuff of real life, and of high drama, but Dean Wright's directorial debut translates little of that latter quality to the screen. full review

William Goss, Film.com

"For Greater Glory" is at times so heavy-handed that the movie itself seems at war. Unfortunately, the enemy is not just a repressive administration, but the audience. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

This historical drama about the little-known Cristero War in 1920s Mexico is more educational than involving. full review

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Despite enough good intentions to pave a four-lane highway, the ardently sincere but dramatically unfocused For Greater Glory plays like a multipart miniseries that has been hacked down to feature length. full review

Joe Leydon, Variety

The sometimes painfully sincere and slow-moving "For Greater Glory" clearly aspires to be inspirational, but history won't cooperate. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

The result is pretty much as forgettable as the Cristeros War. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

It is a scattered mess, as earnest as a folk song, but like a folk song that goes on for two hours and 23 minutes. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

The jamming together of so much history and melodrama makes for a handsome movie that is only rarely gripping. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

If Michael Bay woke up one day and said to himself, "I need to make a movie about religious persecution in 1920s Mexico," I imagine it would look something like this. full review

Tom Horgen, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The scenes just plod along without much to help distinguish them. It's not an epic movie so much as an epic run-on sentence. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Director Dean Wright and screenwriter Michael Love fail to develop compelling characters or to construct a coherent plot. full review

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

When its passion connects with several strong performances, it transcends a heavy piousness. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

If you're making a movie aimed at people of a particular faith, you might want to cut it below an R-rating. And if you're going to attempt an epic, you need to spend more money than this. full review

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It is well-made, yes, but has such pro-Catholic tunnel vision I began to question its view of events. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

It is plodding, lazily filmed, gassy with James Horner's score, and pads its runtime only by way of tolling repetition. full review

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
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