Father Stu

Father Stu

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Mark Wahlberg plays real-life figure Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who inspired countless people during his own personal journey, in this redemption drama. Co-stars Jacki Weaver and Mel Gibson.

2022Rating: M, Mature themes, violence, coarse language and sexual references124 minsUSAColumbia Pictures
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Father Stu | Reviews

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Variety

Variety

It’s a surprisingly sincere movie about religious feeling, but it is also, too often, a dramatically undernourished one.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Despite some R-rated language, the whole enterprise seems bland and perfunctory.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Watching the movie can feel like a two-hour hearty handshake.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Told with sensitivity, earnestness and no small amount of sly, rascally charm...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

It’s just too damn likable to judge harshly.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Father Stu breaks no new ground in the biopic game, but it’s a solid and worthy tribute...

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

I’m not entirely sure that we need a movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson about problematic men finding a redemption arc...

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Associated Press

Associated Press

The overly long, poorly edited Father Stu never finds its rhythm.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Faith can only get you so far without structure, and the sincerity of this movie’s pivot from punishment to salvation doesn’t stop it from stalling out in purgatory along the way.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A right-wing dog whistle disguised as a tribute to Catholic faith.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The real-life Stu faced many complications and challenges, but the script seems to be designed around what would be fun for Gibson and Wahlberg to act.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Its clumsy, inert storytelling seems less interested in converting nonbelievers than in convincing us of Wahlberg’s piety.

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The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Father Stu’s marketing materials make it seem like a faux movie, a parody. But after being invited to a press screening the other week, I can confirm that Father Stu is indeed a real-deal film – although it probably shouldn’t be.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Father Stu (captures) the remarkable elements of his life without locating the transcendence within the biographical details.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

It’s raw, honest, and uplifting without tapping into preachy territory...

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Father Stu | Release Details

Father Stu is now playing in 144 cinemas in Australia.