Parents' Guide to

For Greater Glory

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Epic tale about religious freedom gets very bloody.

Movie R 2012 143 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 15+

Inspiring story

I love Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio. Padre Christopher is also a saint. The story is very inspiring, but it is also very violent. The war violence itself is mostly kept from being graphic, its the personal violence committed against single people at a time (especially 14-year-old Jose) that makes it so difficult to watch. It's good for education as well, I had heard very little of the Cristeros and this film encouraged me to do more research on them. It's a great film, but hard to watch.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 14+

Great Movie about Religious Freedom!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (3):

Sweeping in its scope and epic in its storytelling, FOR GREATER GLORY makes no apologies for aiming high. It has an important tale to tell, and it will tell it with as much gravity as it can muster. And it's this earnestness that protects the drama from some of its weaknesses -- clunky dialogue, for starters -- and turns it into a shockingly affecting, thought-provoking watch. Bring tissues, because some of the characters, especially Jose, will break your heart.

But while it's understandable that the filmmakers wanted to make clear how brutal this moment in history was, there's an overdose of violence. It's almost enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder. No one is spared, not the child at the heart of the story, and not viewers, either, who must suffer through one assault after another. Is all the carnage necessary? It's highly debatable. Had they edited some of it out, For Greater Glory would have been a leaner, meaner, and still affecting revelation.

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