For Greater Glory Reviews

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

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • "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.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

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

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

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

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

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

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

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

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The result is pretty much as forgettable as the Cristeros War.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

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

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    William Goss —

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

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • Ultimately a stodgy, overblown and repetitive slog.

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • For Greater Glory takes what should have been an involving, even shocking hidden part of history and turns it into a needless epic

    James Luxford — The National

  • "For Greater Glory" takes its cues from a bygone era of Technicolor Golden Age epics and delivers a sprawling political drama steeped in old-fashioned Hollywood romanticism.

    Justin Craig —

  • The compelling archival footage, which literally made me gasp aloud, and the incredible, disturbing photos are amazing. Unfortunately, you'll see them only during the end credits of 'For Greater Glory.'

    Linda Cook — Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

  • It's the kind of now-obscure subject matter that could be fascinating if done well, but here just feels like an obligation. And yeah there's going to be a test, so good luck at not falling asleep in class.

    Dave White —

  • The story deserves a better movie than it gets here ...

    Jim Lane — Sacramento News & Review

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