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Top Classic Religious-themed Movie Reviews on Rotten Tomatoes

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Directors who make religious movies don’t shy away from controversy. The classic religious movies pushed the envelope and received movie reviews that honor bold choices. In fact, they’ll deliberately explore themes that may leave viewers with uncomfortable feelings.
In the end, though, the directors’ risk taking pays off on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from large news outlets and other viewers from around the world on its “Tomatometer.”

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Here are the religious films that have received the best reviews on the Tomatometer.

For The Bible Tells Me So” (2007)
TOMATOMETER: 98 percent
AUDIENCE SCORE: 90 percent
Rotten Tomatoes critics refer to this documentary as a “timely and poignant examination of gays, their families, and religion.” The documentary follows stories of five conservative Christian families with gay members. These stories are told in parallel with Protestant and Jewish theologians discussing scripture and the Bible. The film also includes news clips of fundamentalist preachers. The film contrasts ostracization of the gay community due to the misreading of scripture and a herd mentality with a call for love by the shown Christian families.

Trembling Before G-d”(2001)
TOMATOMETER: 89 percent
AUDIENCE SCORE: 70 percent
A similar documentary to “For the Bible Tells Me So,” “Trembling Before G-d” looks at the effects of “religious morality on believers whose sexuality falls outside the accepted norm with intelligence and compassion” according to Rotten Tomatoes critics.
“Trembling Before G-d” provides a serious and very real picture of faith and sexuality. The documentary is shot in six different countries and revolves around a group of people with a conflict between their sexual orientation and their passion for the Jewish faith. These Hasidic and Orthodox Jews range from the first openly gay Orthodox Rabbi to closeted and married Hasidic couples. The responses from family and society also range from complete acceptance to rejection and scrutiny. These individuals are in a constant conflict in the film.

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Jesus Camp” (2006)
TOMATOMETER: 87 percent
AUDIENCE SCORE: 80 percent
A chilling documentary on the techniques of extreme Evangelical indoctrination with an “unflinching, even-handed look” makes “Jesus Camp” a worthwhile watch, according to Rotten Tomatoes critics. “Jesus Camp” is filmed at Becky Fischer’s very real summer camp, “Kids on Fire” in North Dakota. Fischer, a firm believer in the political and social importance of Christianity in America, uses her camp to train kids to “take back America for Christ.” Using group activities, videos and even video games, Fischer inspires kids to pray for George W. Bush and his Supreme Court appointees to pass legislation favoring her goals. Children are shown praying in extraordinary zealousness while crying. The documentary lets the audience answer the question of whether the children are being systematically indoctrinated and brainwashed.

Into Great Silence” (2007)
TOMATOMETER: 87 percent
AUDIENCE SCORE: 80 percent
Rotten Tomatoes critics consider this hard to accomplish film a “meditative, deliberatively paced documentary capable of absorbing patient viewers into a whole different world.” “Into Great Silence” does not feature any musical score, interviews, or archival footage. It’s only a first-hand experience. Philip Groning enters the Grande Chartreuse monastery after it opens up for the first time after being founded by St. Bruno in 1084. In the most distant region of the French Alps, this monastery houses the Carthusian order. Groning films the monks in their daily austere lifestyle and becomes a part of the world he documents for six months.

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