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  • Summary: Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. (Affirm Films)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 1, 2011
    Courageous reveals the duo's growing expertise as filmmakers with its skillful blending of moving drama, subtle comedy and several impressive action sequences, including a well-staged foot chase and a harrowing shootout between the cops and bad guys.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 2, 2011
    Moviegoers devoted to faith-based fare will flock to megaplexes for Courageous, easily the most polished production so far from brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the prolific and increasingly accomplished filmmaking pastors at the Sherwood Church of Albany, Ga.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 30, 2011
    Even the logos for the companies involved in its making (Sherwood Films and Affirm Films) and distribution (TriStar Pictures) scream that this will be a message from on high.
  4. Reviewed by: Paul Brunick
    Oct 4, 2011
    For now, though, Mr. Kendrick will have to settle for being a good enough filmmaker, content to preach to the choir.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Oct 4, 2011
    Courageous, proves a particularly clunky, tunnel-visioned vehicle whose overbearing, overlong script nearly smothers the movie's quibble-free message.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 28, 2011
    The message delivered isn't subtle, with Kendrick delivering toss-away lines that suggest he doesn't even tolerate "the option" of divorce. But the bigger message might be that the Kendricks haven't sold out, "gone Hollywood" or watered down their Baptist beliefs based on efforts to reach an audience beyond the faithful.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 1, 2011
    Borderline creepy, Courageous endlessly expounds on the importance of God in men's lives but fails to answer the more pressing question of why religious sagas such as this treat subtlety as a sin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    I read the reviewers comments and found them unrealistic and petty. Even stupid in a few cases. This is a movie with no big names out of nowhere. Our theater was busy so we chose this movie..... and glad we did. If this doesn't make you think, like a few of the critics did not, then you are already a lost cause.

    It is rare to hear applauding at then end of a movie, but there was that and cheering.

    This movie is more a call to arms for parents to start being parents again, like 25 years ago. Not let the government raise out kids, but us. And I think our society would be a better place if this was a required show for all high school teachers and students.

    Yes, it talks about religion as its base for responsibility, but that facet can be replaced by anything. It is about the need to raise our kids and ourselves responsibly. With any foundation you think is necessary. This makes you reevaluate your life to day, and the going forward.

    This is about taking control of ourselves, raising our kids responsibly, and being there. Pure and simple.
  2. Mar 31, 2012
    AWESOME movie. What I liked was that it was serious, yet had laughable light hearted parts. Javier made this movie. Other than Facing the Giants, this is my favorite movie. The only thing that I would have done different, is not have the little girl die. That downgraded the movie for me. How about having her miraculously come back to life after dying. That would have been better. I am sick of people dying in movies. Expand
  3. May 15, 2013
    First--Why so critical of the acting?--how do YOU look on a video in real life? Remember--so called "pro" acting is rehearsed over and over and the script is written for them and the special effects, cameras, etc--there is NOTHING real about most hollywood movies--least of all the acting. I think this acting represented what real people are really like more accurately than most hollywood movies do.
    Second--God's message and mission is far too important to leave to the missionaries alone. We must all live it and share it with others-- even Hollywood must do its share--especially to those who scoff and mock. Don't let yourself be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man plants that is what he will harvest. Plant scoffing and mockery of God and you will receive scoffing and mockery from God. Get it?
  4. Jan 21, 2012
    So powerful and motivating! I pray they keep making movies like this. Proof you dont need violence or well known actors for a great movie!! My husband and I watched together and I cried the whole movie from the wreck on. Really puts life into perspective and how blessed I am! Expand
  5. Oct 31, 2011
    I am decidedly not a Christian. And I very much believe in the message that this film delivers again and again about the importance of a father's role in society. And how much it is costing our society when the men do not step up and do the needful. Expand
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    Believable performances and an excellent screenplay make this film an enjoyable piece of cinema. A great blend of action and drama put together to make a thumbs up. Expand
  7. Jan 13, 2012
    Wow... That was painful. So painful infact that I had to create an account so I could tell you of my pain. It started off great ,really had my attention... Then 'screeeech'... movie took a u-turn. Crash and burned. I can overlook average acting if the storyline was good but it was all so corny and predictable with so many stereotypes. The only feel good moment was when I turned it off. If only God could give my 2 hours back. Expand

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