Movie Reviews from a Christian Perspective
Why are entertainment reviews important to Christians?
As Christians, we might ask ourselves, “Should I see that movie? How about this new game my teenager is wanting? Is that video OK for my 6-year-old?” We try to assess if it has too much bad language, too many offensive sex scenes, too much violence, or too many bad life examples for our kids.
Where do we draw the line? How much is too much?
If we compare movies or television programming or even music today with that of a decade or two decades ago, most of us are horrified to realize how far we’ve come. With gradually increased exposure to explicit sex, mockery of Christianity, homosexuality, occultic phenomena, and violence beyond imagination, our threshold of tolerance has increased. Things that at one time we would never have considered watching or listening to have somehow become acceptable. Our scorecard of “how much is too much” has changed dramatically. We have allowed ourselves to be conditioned.
Perhaps instead of “how much is too much,” we should ask ourselves, "Is this a positive thing for our lives or our children’s lives? Does it teach us something? Does it leave us with worthwhile thoughts or ideas? Is it healthy, harmless entertainment? Would we invite Jesus to watch it or listen to it with us?"
In Philippians 4:8 we are admonished to "Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise" (NLT). Let this, instead of "how much bad is too much," be our guide.
One way we can know which movies or videos or music are positive and worthwhile is through Christian movie reviews, Christian video reviews, and Christian music reviews. In checking the Internet, I found many excellent sites offering such services, but some stood out to me as being especially worthy. I am listing a few of the sites here that seem to approach their reviews and comments from a heartfelt biblical perspective. I hope that you find them helpful.
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Links to reviews:
CBN Movie Reviews. "Entertainment meets faith."
ChristianAnswers.net. Visit this site to learn specifics to pray for leaders in Hollywood and the media. "Followers of Christ, our responsibility is to pray; theirs is to decide whether or not to allow God to work in and through them for noble purposes."
Christian Cinema. "Our hope in providing these reviews is that they will help you choose films suitable for you and your family, create opportunities for discussion, and give you insight from multiple perspectives. For the Theatrical Releases, our hope is that you can use these films and the Christian perspective review as a pre-evangelism tool to begin conversations with friends who need to hear about the love and redemption of Jesus Christ.Christianity Today. Move and TV reviews.
Crosswalk. Visit this great Christian site for movie reviews, DVD news, move weblogs and more.
Dove. "The Dove Foundation provides timely movie reviews easily available on our website.
Focus on the Family Clubhouse. As we might expect, Dr. Dobson’s site is great for reviewing kid’s movies.
Movie Glimpse. "Our desire at Movieglimpse is to help reconnect your heart to the greatest story ever told. How? By revealing it to you in the movies that you love."
Movie Guide. This is an excellent site—"a family guide to movies and entertainment." You will find not only reviews, but also detailed ratings including a breakout of ratings for language, violence, sex and nudity. Extremely helpful.
Plugged in Online. This wonderful site from Focus on the Family reviews not only movies, but also DVDs, music, television programs and games.
What Is Good? The analysis of modern films, song, magazines, and other mass media from the viewpoint of traditional family values.