Father Stu

audience Reviews

, 95% Audience Score
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Good movie. A good story about overcoming obstacles and struggles to achieve your goal. Good performances from the cast as well.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Oscar-worthy performance by Mark Wahlberg. Also fantastic performances by the other actors, including Mel Gibson. This film was deeply moving and left us transformed after experiencing it.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    This was such a good movie for me .Mel Gibson was absolute mint . The baptism scene had me rolling .Jackie weaver as the tormented Mum and Wife was fantastic .Whalberg is his usual brilliant watchable engaging self. I shed tear's with laughter and the very touching scene were he was ordained
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Spoilers: I even FF'd a bit through the establishment scenes, which took forever, and may have never ended. First, cut a half hour off of this film. This seems a succession of dots; but with nobody connecting the dots, what do we have? Marky Mark as a boxer, in a retail butcher shop, being an actor, no, being a priest, sort of coming of age business, but Mark is 25 years too old. OK, let's go with it, he is at loose ends due to an embittered mother over his dead brother, himself missing the brother, an absent and alcoholic dad, need to sing the blues, not just country in Big Sky Montana. Now we got a Sunday school teachin Catholic girlfriend, then an epiphany. So St. Paul fell off his horse on the way to Damascus, went from Christian persecutor to top faith spreader of Christ. Same with agnostic Marky Mark, only fell off his motorcycle. And the common man, he has a feel for how to talk to the unwashed masses, so their stupid behinds can understand. What is he, Trump? Whatever, just Fr. Stu being Fr. Stu, don't you know, God love him. This was preachy about 3 things: When you fall, get up; then God makes us suffer to make us focus on good behavior (say, what?); and give everything 110%, unless you can get it up to 111%. Is this theology according to the writer/director Rosalind Ross, or to Mel Gibson? We do see Marky, also the producer, defining the old college try of moviemaking, by gaining 30 pounds for the ending. Why not hair and makeup to do it, Mark? I get it, you meant this. It's not that Stu was a dud in life, as he seemingly turned things around at the end, a Dismas story, not a dismal one. It's that this was so scatter-shot and at times so cloying, it was more wondering where is this going and WTF? I suppose Marky Mark, never the shrinking violet, figured he could show how charismatic Stu was, but this was too uneven for him to pull it off. Maybe blame writer Ross, who was also the first-time director. Needs a tighter, shorter, more focused story. Get back up, Rosalind. You'll get better, as Fr. Stu might say.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Specialized people are far from understanding what the real public like! Great Movie and Mr. Mark Wahlberg should be awarded by his acting in it.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Definitely a case of don't look at critic rating but the overall audience rating. This is a smartly written and well acted movie that serves as inspirational and cautionary. Definitely give it a viewing.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Surprisingly inspirational. Wahlberg & the main actress are convincing. Gibson is a very good roughneck. This inspirational story left me wondering about my path back "home".
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Great movie ! And wahlburg shows again he can do serious and funny movies !
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    What a great moving movie. Highly recommend it.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Loved this movie. Wonderfully acted and the story moved smoothly and naturally. Watched it with the whole family (something you can rarely do anymore) and everyone was engrossed from beginning to end. Highly recommend. Ignore the critics. This is a fantastic movie that does not fit their worldview.