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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31

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  1. Oct 7, 2012
    4
    An interesting story that needs to be told, but in a less manipulative way. The characters her are all cut from the back hat, white hat mold and consequently when the emotional scenes appear, we mostly know how they will unfold and care very little. The acting here was not bad but unfortunately the actors were not given a very good script to work with.
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    0
    With a metacritic rating of 35 and a user score of 72 you can assure that there is something fishy going on with the ratings of this movie.

    This movie, if it can even be called one, is actually a two hour plus piece of propaganda from the religious right (yes, we have one in Mexico) to try to justify the actions of a group of people who started refusing state provided secular education
    and was handled very poorly by the government.

    Of course the movie never mentions the numbers of teachers that were assassinated by the cristeros, which started the reaction by Calles' government.

    Not worth wasting your time on it.
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Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jun 4, 2012
    20
    The film's length and muddled message will likely keep it from reaching much of an audience, even within the presumed Latino faith-based target.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 1, 2012
    38
    The sometimes painfully sincere and slow-moving For Greater Glory clearly aspires to be inspirational, but history won't cooperate. The Cristeros triumphed not because of their faith, but because the United States exerted diplomatic pressure to protect its oil interests in Mexico.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 31, 2012
    50
    The sort of lumbering epic drama that went out of fashion by the late 1960s, For Greater Glory is mainly notable for shedding light on a little-known historical conflict, namely the Cristero War that took place in 1920s Mexico.