13 Catholic Movie Reviews

Catholic Movie Reviews posted by Faustina Bowen on April 1, 2021.

Here you go! A list of Catholic movie reviews to help you decide whether you really do want to watch that movie that was recommended to you or the one you bought at a second hand store because it looked decent.

Everyone likes a good movie. Not just a movie with good acting and an entertaining storyline. A truly good movie. With all the evil in the moviemaking industry these days, it can be hard to decide if you even want to get the DVD player going just to be disappointed or scandalized.

That's why we are providing this page for you. Here is a list of Catholic movie reviews. As a devout Catholic, I don't want to suggest anything to you and not let you know what you are getting into. That's why there is a Points to Consider section in each review.

So, as I said before, here you go: an honest evaluation of some of Industrious Family's favorite movies. Of course, I watch and enjoy each one, so I wouldn't call any of them true dangers to the faith.

However, there is something in each of them which I do not totally agree with and have pointed out to you so that you can make your own decision. Enjoy!

Catholic Movie Reviews #1: Tangled (2010)

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 No, no, no, no no! This is bad! This is bad! This is really bad! They just can't get my nose right.

Tangled is definitely a favorite in our house. Not only is it funny, but it also has a very good moral for kids. The main purpose of this recent Disney cartoon is the ugliness of vanity. 

It follows the original story of Rapunzel with a twist. This movie does play a little with magic but not in an occult-y way.

Another plus found in this movie is that the villain is truly evil, and the good guys are really good.

Points to Consider: The one downside of this film is that the hero is a thief. Although he gives this life up in the end for Rapunzel, he is never punished for his crimes. 

The story does, however, portray a conversion in him and his isn't the worst of sins. Definitely worth watching.

Catholic Movie Reviews #2: The King's Speech (2010)

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I'm expected to--speak for the country,--only I can't speak.

The King's Speech follows the true story behind King George VI, "Bertie", (played by Collin Firth) when he takes on the throne after the death of his father and abdication of his older brother. The king's greatest trial is his speech impediment. 

It's the beginning of World War II and he is expected to be a powerful monarch like his father. As he is the second son, there has been no effort put into preparing him to be king.

The movie elapses over a few months and follows Bertie's struggles to overcome these two problems in his life and become a great king.

Points to Consider: Bertie finds that he can only speak when he is angry and gets frustrated. That being said there is some strong language. The Lord's name in vain is never said, however, which is admirable for this kind of film.

Bertie's brother is living with a divorced woman and it is discussed. However, it is not glorified as the entire royal family is disgusted with him. 

Catholic Movie Reviews #3: Emma (2009)

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Which two letters spell perfection? M and A. "Em-ah"

This version is our favorite edition of Jane Austen's Emma. Miss Woodhouse (Romola Garai) is a wealthy young woman who believes she has a secret talent: matchmaking.

She goes about her life thinking only of who is a good match with who and convincing herself that the marriages are all her doing. She runs into trouble when she tries her gift on someone she barely knows.

In the process of trying to find a match for her friend, Emma finds her own match: a man who will keep her out of mischief. 

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Points to Consider: As with all Jane Austen stories, the characters are Anglican in this movie. Emma is actively trying to find a match for the clergyman in this movie.

Just take the time to explain to children that the Anglicans do not believe in clerical celibacy the same way that Catholics do.

Other than that, this is really a very good movie. There aren't very many passionate kisses and no low cut blouses. The romances are clean and do not make the audience uncomfortable at all.

Catholic Movie Reviews #4: Bolt (2008)

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If I don't chase bad guys, what does a real dog do?

A cross-country comedy, Bolt is sure to entertain everyone who watches it. Bolt is a dog actor who believes he is the super dog he stars as in the TV show. 

It isn't until he loses his home and master that he realizes all his superpowers are for show.

His prisoner, Mittens the cat, and wanna-be-sidekick, Rhino the Hampshire, help him get back to California from New York teaching him how to be a real dog all the while.

Bolt will bring laughs to everyone! 

Points to Consider: The one thing that is a little weird in this movie is that the little girl actor, Bolt's owner, doesn't have a dad. 

Although it's never said where he is, it is something to consider as maybe implying that it is a broken family with the dad no longer in the picture. Or you can just let the kids assume that he is dead. (I always kind of assumed so until it was pointed out to me that it's strange he isn't there.)

Catholic Movie Reviews #5: The Queen (2006)

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That's how we do things in this country: quietly and with dignity. That's what the rest of the world has always admired us for.

The Queen follows the lives of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, and Prince Charles the week following the death of Princess Dianna. 

The movie portrays the human feelings which any sensible person would feel in each of these character's positions. 

Helen Mirren does a great job portraying Queen Elizabeth's emotions while she struggles to see how she should react to such a catastrophe.

A very good and feeling movie which compassionates the royal family during such a hard time for all of them. 

Points to Consider: Much like The King's Speech, the subject of living with a person one is not married to is discussed, though never shown and always referred to as a bad thing. 

We were a little concerned when, before watching the movie, we saw that it was rated PG-13 for brief strong language. That being said, f*ing is used in this movie, but in a British way. 

Prince Phillip is a little coarse as well, saying things that shows how little he cares what anybody thinks. During the funeral plans, he announces disdainfully that someone who is going to be in the funeral is a "homosexual". 

However, I do not find this offensive because I feel that those who are committed to such sins against chastity and nature must be spoken of in an unflattering light so as to show the true ugliness of the sin.

Catholic Movie Reviews #6: The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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You better start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!

The Pirates of the Caribbean is a highly entertaining and funny movie. 

Anyone who enjoys pirate lore will enjoy the references to common pirate language and lifestyle in this movie. The music in this movie is fantastic, and Johnny Depp is hilarious!

Elizabeth Swan (Kiera Knightley) met Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) when they were both very young.

Around his neck he wears a gold pirate medallion which she takes and hides from him. Years later, Elizabeth takes out the medallion to look at it and remember their first meeting. The gold calls in some pirates and Elizabeth finds herself in a real-life pirate nightmare. 

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Points to Consider: This movie is not very morally structured. There are some jokes that are rather impure including teasing one of the characters about being a eunuch.

Piracy is not portrayed as being particularly wrong as there are "good pirates" and "bad pirates". In the end the "bad pirates" all die or go to prison and the "good pirates" get away to continue pirating. 

On another note, this movie is quite scary for younger children. Their are skeletons who walk around and try to kill everybody.

Catholic Movie Reviews #7: Pride and Prejudice (1995)

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I had not known you a month before I felt you were the last man in the world I could ever marry.

The BBC edition of Pride and Prejudice is the best edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) does not consider herself prejudiced, but when she meets with a cold reception and is snubbed by the handsome Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), she soon finds herself eager to hear stories of his misdeeds.

She is suddenly surprised to find that the very man she is determined to hate finds himself deeply in love with her. He needs to overcome his pride and she needs to overcome her prejudice to be truly happy together. The question is, will they?

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Points to Consider: All the ladies in this film wear low-cut blouses. Some scenes are better than others, but it is sprinkled all throughout the movie. 

And, much like Emma, the Anglican clergyman is actively seeking a wife. Again, just take the time to explain to your children that the Anglicans do not believe in clerical celibacy the same way that Catholics do.

Catholic Movie Reviews #8: Gettysburg (1993)

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I've lived a soldier's life, and I've never seen anything as brutally clear as this.

Gettysburg is a great movie based on the decisive battle of the American Civil War at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

It's 1863, the third year of the war and both armies are now facing each other at the turning point of the war. The movie does a very good job of making the viewer sympathetic to both sides. 

When it follows the Union army and Colonel Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), you want them to crush the Confederacy. When the film switches sides to the Confederacy army and General Longstreet (Tom Berenger), the viewer can't help but feel like you've killed us! (quote from The Hunt for Red October

A very good portrayal of the tragedy that the Civil War truly was: brother against brother.

Points to Consider: There are parts when d*n is said in moments of anger and frustration. Other than that there is nothing opposed to morality portrayed.

On another note, people do die and dead people are shown in this movie, so if you are not the kind of person who can handle death and sadness, this is not a good movie for you.

Catholic Movie Reviews #9: Treasure Island (1990)

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There was many a man a'feared of Flint, but even Flint was a'feared o' Long John Silver!

Jump aboard the Hispaniola with Jim Hawkins (Christian Bale) and Long John Silver (a family-favorite actor: Charleton Heston) in the best film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island!

When young Jim Hawkins finds the treasure map of one of the ambitious pirates of his age, he embarks on a treasure hunt with his friends Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey. 

They are going on this expedition as respectable gentlemen. The trouble is the men they hire happen to be pirates, thirsty for the same treasure they pursue.

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If you enjoy a good swashbuckling adventure, you will love Treasure Island.

Points to Consider: The Lord's name in vain is used in the beginning of the movie. With a movie ripper or VidAngel, this could easily be fixed. It is too bad that such good movies must be tainted with profane language.

Catholic Movie Reviews #10: The Fourth Wiseman (1985)

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Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:40)

The Fourth Wise Man follows the story of Artaban as he searches to give his gift to the Newborn King.

Having missed his friends, Melchior, Balthasar, and Casper, Artaban (Martin Sheen) is determined to continue alone and give his pearl, ruby and sapphire to Jesus. After a lifetime of hunting, he finally sees Him at Calvary. 

Artaban uses his gems to help others along the way to see Jesus, and he feels as though he failed in his mission. But is that how Christ sees it?

A heartfelt movie on the value of Christian giving. 

Points to Consider: I can't think of anything wrong with this movie. 

Catholic Movie Reviews #11: The Sound of Music (1965)

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Do you know the first time I knew I loved you? It was when you sat on that ridiculous pinecone.

Watch this delightful movie filled with the values always displayed in movies from the golden age of filmmaking! 

Fräulein Maria (Jane Andrews) is not working out at the convent and so she is sent to a governess position for a strict naval officer widower: Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer).

The Captain has high expectations for the governess and his children as he treats them all like soldiers on his ship.

When Maria opposes the Captain's way of raising the children, she expects him to dislike her. Instead, the opposite happens and he finds himself falling deeply in love with Maria.

Enjoy the true story of the Von Trapp family singers in this wonderful portrayal.

Points to Consider: As the children have been largely ignored by the Captain in an attempt to forget the pain of losing his wife, the oldest girl seeks affection elsewhere. It gets a little sensual in a midnight rainstorm dance. As a mom we were once watching it with said: too Lovey-dovey.

Catholic Movie Reviews #12: Ben-Hur (1959)

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No matter what this man has done to you, you have no right to take his life.

Judah Ben-Hur (Charleton Heston), a Jewish prince, is one of the most influential men in Judea. His friend, a powerful Roman tribune named Messala (Stephen Boyd), wants his help to make the Jews cooperate with Rome.

When Judah refuses, Messala gets Judah's entire family in trouble with Rome. After his escape, Judah can only think of how to avenge himself on Rome and Messala.

The ultimate battle of a soul fighting between its good tendencies and evil urges. A classic every Christian should watch.

Points to Consider: There is a romance between Judah and his slave girl, Esther. Comparatively, it is a clean romance, but there is some kissing. This may not bother you, but just saying.

It is a little violent. Someone gets run over with a chariot and dies from loss of blood. There is a battle between the Romans and a barbaric tribe with primitive weapons (which equals close range killing).

Catholic Movie Reviews #13: The Ten Commandments (1956)

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Moses' God is God.

Another Charleton Heston classic, The Ten Commandments is a powerful portrayal of the exodus of the Chosen People from Egypt.

Moses (Charleton Heston) was raised as an Egyptian prince. His greatest rival for the hand of the princess is Ramses (Yul Brynner).

When Moses finds out that he is truly a son of a Hebrew, he leaves his princely life behind to help his people. Ramses wins the princess and banishes Moses to the desert. It is there that Moses receives his mission from God to free His people from bondage.

Points to Consider: Every commandment, in one way or another, is broken in this movie. This is used to portray the need for God's law because men are ignoring it written in their hearts. 

That being said there is never anything too impure in this movie. Two passionate kisses and the Egyptian princess looks at several men in lust and enjoys teasing both Moses and Ramses as to who she truly loves, but nothing graphic.

It can be a little scary for little kids. The ground opens up and swallows all the people who were worshipping idols into hell and that can be frightening for young children.

There is one sad thing about this movie. Instead of the point being that God delivered His people and gave them the laws to live by, the point is "the birth of freedom". The makers took it from a Christian story to an Americanism and brotherhood-of-man point of view. Very sad.

Thank You For Reading Catholic Movie Reviews!

Thank you for taking the time (and, yes, I know it took a lot of time) to read Catholic movie reviews. I really hope you decide to watch these movies. 

My family and I love watching movies. As a result, we have quite a few movie review pages just below my bio. And we also make our own movies!

Visit our good family movies page to read about the movies made by Industrious Family Films. If you choose to buy one of them or want to donate to our cause, know that your money will go directly to making our next project. 

We can't wait to share with you the good stories we love with many a future movie. Thanks for your help!

Faustina Bowen is a founding member of industriousfamily.com. She is the second of ten children. This homeschool graduate likes writing scripts for movies, helping mothers with their babies and learning new instruments. She contributes to society at large by making wholesome movies and writing amazing articles and entertainment reviews.

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