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Photo of Abigail Cowen as “Angel” in the motion picture “Redeeming Love.”

In the ’90s and early 2000s, Francine Rivers’ novel Redeeming Love took the Christian world by storm. Her modern retelling of the biblical account of the Hosea and his wayward wife, Gomer, sold 3 million copies and garnered hoards of loyal fans, not coincidentally at the height of purity culture.

Now, the book is hitting the big screen in a Universal Pictures film adaptation starring Abigail Cowen, Nina Dobrev, Tom Lewis and Eric Dane. The film is directed by DJ Caruso and produced by Roma Downey (“The Bible”) and Cindy Bond (“I Can Only Imagine”).

“Redeeming Love” opens in gold rush-era California, where disheveled men scrounge for gold in murky water before heading to Pair-o-Dice, where a cold woman known as “the Duchess” runs a brothel. There, the most sought-after prostitute is a young woman named Angel. Beautiful and flaxen-haired, Angel draws crowds of swarming men eager to receive her services.

One particular man who spots Angel as she walks down the street, flanked by her towering bodyguard, is Michael Hosea. A soft-spoken, doe-eyed farmer, Michael is confident that God has appointed Angel to be his bride, the one he has waited for and prayed over. Though confused by God’s choice for him, Michael nevertheless decides to act in obedience and pursues Angel despite her reputation. 

Through a series of flashbacks, viewers learn Angel’s heartbreaking story.

Named Sarah, she was born out of wedlock in New England to her mother, Mae (Dobrev), and a married businessman, Alex (Josh Taylor). Afraid his reputation would be ruined should news of his infidelity come out, Alex rejects Sarah and cuts Mae off financially, forcing her to engage in a life of prostitution at the docks to make ends meet.

It’s not long before Mae dies. And an orphaned Sarah symbolically throws her mother’s cross necklace into the ocean, rejecting the faith her mother claimed. 

What follows is nothing short of a nightmare.

With nowhere to go, she finds herself trafficked by an Irish nobleman, “the Duke,” who sexually abuses her from a young age. Now known as “Angel,” she escapes the Duke’s clutches with the help of an older prostitute — who pays dearly for her efforts.

But after heading West, Angel once again finds herself in prostitution after being robbed of her earthly goods. But this time, a savior is waiting in the wings. 

Michael pays top-dollar to see Angel, using his hard-earned gold to spend 30 minutes simply talking to her. Though she parades in front of him naked, Michael refuses her advances, repeatedly telling her that she’s going to marry him. 

“We can’t do this yet,” he tells her as she attempts to seduce him. “We should wait until it means something to you.”

Michael continues to visit her until she becomes frustrated.

“I feel nothing for you,” she tells him. “You’re a dirt farmer.” 

Defeated, Michael returns home. But after Angel is brutally beaten by the brothel’s bodyguard, Michael travels to Pair-o-Dice and purchases the bloodied woman from the Duchess. He brings her home to his farm in an emotionally-charged scene. 

Michael tends to Angel as she recovers, and she agrees, begrudgingly, to marry him. But despite her new environment, Angel can’t shake her past — and abandons Michael on three occasions, leaving her wedding ring on the dresser. Though hurt, Michael continues to pursue Angel and offers her the choice to either stay with him or run away again.

Ultimately, Michael’s persistence and unfaltering faithfulness soften Angel’s heart. Although it was a grueling process, she eventually finds her self-worth, prompting her to forgive herself and champion other women involved in sex work. 

While the film is light on Scripture references, “Redeeming Love” is a clear retelling of Hosea 1-3.

In those passages, God instructs the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. God tells Hosea that Gomer will continue to return to prostitution, yet he’s to forgive and love her, regardless of what she does.

Hosea’s story is beautiful, serving as a reminder of God’s unconditional love for His children and pursuit of them despite their disobedience. 

But the story — and the nuances of the biblical account of Hosea — don’t easily translate to the big screen.

Rated PG-13, “Redeeming Love” tries hard to deal gently with tough topics, but there’s no way to sugarcoat prostitution, sex trafficking, murder and incest. The film is rife with themes of redemption, forgiveness, unconditional love and mercy, but viewers will want to proceed with caution.

The sexual content in “Redeeming Love” is explicit.

Angel appears partially naked on several occasions, covered only by her hair and drapery. There are several sex scenes in the film, two between Michael and Angel, and others are referenced. Euphemisms for sex are littered throughout the movie, while prostitutes wear revealing outfits. It’s implied that the Duke repeatedly rapes Angel as a child — and disturbingly, she’s not his only young victim. 

The film also contains violence. In one instance, Angel watches as her caregiver is strangled, and she is also physically harmed by men on several occasions. Angels’ estranged father dies by suicide after discovering he’s had sex with her, and two men are shown hanging from the gallows. Vulgar language is also littered throughout the film.

Rivers was heavily involved in the film adaptation of her book, and she previously spoke to The Christian Post about her heart for the film. “I want people to see that no matter what’s been done to us or the sins we commit, God loves us and offers us new life through Jesus,” she said. 

The film’s redemptive and biblical themes are evident, but they are all too often overshadowed by explicit, sometimes unnecessary content that may not sit well with some Christian viewers. Though fans of Rivers’ novel will likely find the film nostalgic, conscientious viewers would do well to pass. 

“Redeeming Love” hit theaters on Jan 21.

Leah M. Klett is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be reached at: [email protected]

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Parents need to know that Redeeming Love is based on best-selling author Francine Rivers' 1991 historical Christian romance. Inspired by the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible story of the prophet Hosea and his marriage to Gomer, the story takes place in 1850 during the Gold Rush. Farmer Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis)…

Positive Messages

The movie's messages include the importance of redemption, faith, and honesty. Unwavering belief in God and unconditional love for your spouse are also major themes. Overt Christian messages through on-screen prayer.

Positive Role Models

Supported by his faith, Michael loves Angel unconditionally (and unrelentingly). No matter how many times she wrongs him or leaves him, he remains loyal and loving. He's also hard-working and disciplined. Angel has survived very difficult circumstances and grows to believe herself worthy of love. Lucky and Mai Ling are kind and look out for Angel. Paul starts off angry and mean, but like Angel, redeems himself through faith and love. Other characters are sadistic and cruel, like Duke and his goons.

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Most of the characters are White Americans (a few are identifiably of Irish heritage). Chinese and Black actors play sex workers, a maid, and unnamed clients of a sex worker.

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A character orders someone to kill an unarmed man in front of a little girl, as well as to kill another woman and to burn down two establishments. A madam's hired muscle bloodily beats up a woman. A child hears her father beating her mother (off camera); the mother later sports a black eye. Angel is a sex worker who's raffled off in a daily lottery for her services. A man threatens to rape a woman. A character is hanged by a mob. Two people are killed by fire. A pedophile "owns" a young girl and displays her at a brothel. Brothel owners are abusive toward their sex workers.

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A sex worker is known to have had sex with hundreds, if not thousands, of men. She's displayed in a window, and in various scenes, nudity is partial or implied (i.e. her hair covers most of her breast, but the sides are visible, or she covers herself with shawls, robes, or blankets, but it's still clear she's topless). Several kissing scenes and at least three love scenes between Angel and Michael; shoulders and backs are visible, and some quiet moaning and heavy breathing can be heard. A sex scene takes place off camera; the participants adjust their clothes afterward.

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Parents need to know that Redeeming Love is based on best-selling author Francine Rivers' 1991 historical Christian romance. Inspired by the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible story of the prophet Hosea and his marriage to Gomer, the story takes place in 1850 during the Gold Rush. Farmer Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis) prays for a wife and falls for Angel ( Abigail Cowen ), the highest-earning sex worker in Pair-a-Dice, California. The movie, like the book, deals with heavy subjects including child and domestic abuse, forced prostitution and human trafficking, and more. The film has strong, clear faith-based messages and themes of compassion, empathy, and perseverance, but there's also partial nudity, kissing, and non-explicit sex scenes, as well as several sequences that take place in brothels. Violence is pervasive, too, with the threat of/references to child and adult rape, pedophilia, incest, brawls, beatings, domestic abuse, and murders, including a lynching. Adults drink, and language includes "son of a bitch," "damn," "whore," and other insults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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Based on author Francine Rivers' best-selling 1991 Christian romance novel, REDEEMING LOVE takes place in the 1850 Gold Rush town of Pair-a-Dice, California, where Angel ( Abigail Cowen ) is the most sought-after sex worker in the town's classiest brothel, run by powerful madam Duchess ( Famke Janssen ). Men enter a daily lottery for the chance to pay for Angel's services. One day, a handsome, humble farmer named Michael Hosea (newcomer Tom Lewis) prays to God for a wife and then is struck instantly with the certainty that Angel will be that wife when he sees her walking around town. Michael pays for time with her, but just to talk -- and to try to convince her that she's meant to marry him. After Angel (who has a traumatic history of domestic, sexual, and emotional abuse) is bloodily beaten, she agrees to leave with Michael, but she remains uninterested in being a wife, while he remains steadfast in his faith that they're meant to be together. The movie, like the book, is inspired by the Old Testament story of the prophet Hosea and and his adulterous wife, Gomer.

Is It Any Good?

Even fans of Rivers' beloved Christian romance aren't likely to think that this uninspired, overlong adaptation does the sweeping story justice. Cowen, who's probably best known for the Netflix series Fate: The Winx Saga , tries to imbue Angel with the emotional detachment you might expect from a trauma survivor. Lewis is less convincing/successful. In only his third screen project, the classically trained British actor (reportedly a graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) doesn't seem comfortable with the role, the accent (it's one of the worst approximations of a Southern accent in recent memory), or even his co-star. Cowen's best scenes are with the other sex workers -- like Lucky ( Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O'Donnell ), a young Irish woman who loves to drink, and Mai Ling (Ke-Xi Wu), who was sold to Duchess by her father. There's a real sense of camaraderie among the trio.

Although the movie is much more mature than the average faith-based movie (with sex work, pedophilia, domestic abuse, sex scenes, etc.), it's still as much a love story between the main character and God as it is a romance between a faithful man and a "fallen woman." And Christian viewers are likely to have a different reaction to the plot than non-Christians. To the former, Michael's actions might be easy to understand as a beautiful expression of his conviction in God's promises and the sanctity of marriage; to the latter, he might seem more like a misguided stalker (albeit one who doesn't require sex for his kindness) who all but kidnaps Angel and forces her to be his wife and farmhand. Despite the film's shortcomings, Logan Marshall-Green , Nina Dobrev , and Eric Dane are memorable in supporting roles as Michael's skeptical brother-in-law, Paul; Angel's put-upon single mother; and Angel's evil former "owner" (Dane channels his Euphoria villainy here), respectively. Ultimately, it's easier to get invested in the Job-like nature of Angel's many tribulations and Michael's enduring love on the page. On the screen, this adaptation underdelivers -- but at least a portion of the movie's proceeds go to combating human trafficking.

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Movie Details

  • In theaters : January 21, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming : March 8, 2022
  • Cast : Abigail Cowen , Tom Lewis , Famke Janssen
  • Director : D.J. Caruso
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors
  • Studio : Universal Pictures
  • Genre : Romance
  • Topics : Book Characters , History
  • Run time : 134 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG-13
  • MPAA explanation : mature thematic content, sexual content, partial nudity, and strong violent content
  • Last updated : December 30, 2023

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D.J. Caruso’s historical drama/romance/morality play “Redeeming Love” opens with the Shakespeare quote “All that glitters is not gold,” and a pair of hands thrusting a pan into a river, searching for treasure. It sets the time and place in Gold Rush-era California, in the town of Pair-a-Dice circa 1850, but the quote has no bearing on the tale that unfolds over the next two hours. There may be gold in them thar hills, but “Redeeming Love,” based on the popular 1991 inspirational novel by Francine Rivers , doesn’t yield any cinematic riches.

Our heroine in need of redeeming is Angel ( Abigail Cowen ), a sex worker and the hottest ticket in Pair-a-Dice, her time raffled off by the Duchess ( Famke Janssen ) to a frothing mob of men that gathers daily in front of the Palace brothel. Angel was trafficked into sex work as a child by a smooth pimp named Duke (Eric Dane) after the death of her destitute mother (Nina Dobrev). For her part, Angel doesn’t seem to mind her life in Pair-a-Dice all that much, though a knight in dusty denim soon will shake things up.

Her redeemer is Michael (Tom Lewis), a folksy farmer who prays for a wife who likes to go fishing. When he lays eyes on Angel, he chuckles that God has a sense of humor, as his heaven-sent intended wife is the highest-priced prostitute in town. Nevertheless, he persists, much to Angel’s chagrin, showing up to chat as often as he can afford.

One could look at the plot of this film from two perspectives, one Pollyanna-ish, the other deeply cynical. The filmmakers behind “Redeeming Love” want the audience to see Michael as a faithful farmer who falls in love at first sight with a local sex worker and rescues her from her life of exploitation, marrying her and teaching her what it means to be loved. On the other hand, one could see Michael as an isolated religious zealot who believes he receives a message from God that a local sex worker is intended to be his wife, spurring him to kidnap her from the brothel while she’s in a weakened state and press her into a life of wifely duties though she attempts repeatedly to escape.

Every female character in “Redeeming Love” is a wife, a whore or dead, and the story lacks any imagination to envision a woman’s “redemption” (if she even needs that) outside of a heteropatriarchal family structure, arguing that what women need is for men to carry them off to the country to save them from themselves with some fresh air and brisk housework. It begs the question, why adapt this source material now? Dig too deep and we might not like the answer.

Stuck in this largely infantilized role, Cowen imbues Angel with as much verve and spunk as she can; she’s often funnier and darker than necessary, offering a refreshing dash of acid to temper the sickly sweetness. But it’s so hard to shake the lingering icky feelings about this text, which plays like “tradwife” fan fiction, the 19th century setting protecting the story from the pesky “women’s lib” movement, which would suggest that Angel have her own autonomy, that she might be redeemed by her own self-love. However, such radical concepts have no purchase here.

Katie Walsh is a Tribune News Service film critic.

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Nice vistas and a scenery-chewing Famke Janssen aren’t enough to save this absurd scriptural rehash from movie hell

T he latest from evangelical Christian producers Pinnacle Peak – formerly Pure Flix, the money behind the surprisingly enduring God’s Not Dead series – is an adaptation of a Francine Rivers novel that remaps the biblical tale of Hosea on to a western goldrush setting. That synopsis suggests a level of creative imagination and ambition, possibly something like Michael Winterbottom hauling The Mayor of Casterbridge further west for 2000’s The Claim . Yet this movie thinly scatters a parable’s worth of plot across 134 minutes and resembles HBO’s Deadwood recut for Sunday-school purposes: pious, puzzling and punitive, with a sternly wagging finger never far from entering the frame.

Let us give Pinnacle Peak this: they’re getting mildly more sophisticated about delivering The Message. DJ Caruso, a studio director of the mid-00s thrillers Taking Lives and Disturbia , gives the courtship of soulfully bestubbled farmer Michael Hosea (Tom Lewis) and Pair-a-Dice’s star sex worker Angel (Abigail Cowen) a sunny, handsome, Nicholas Sparks-like sheen. (It’s the best-looking faith movie since 2014’s Heaven Is For Real .) And unlike the early, cheaper Pure Flix ventures, this one has proper actors. Famke Janssen enjoys herself as a brothel madam, while the leads – raised exclusively on wholegrain breakfast cereal – are sincere enough in their Best Little Whorehouse on the Prairie way.

Still, Caruso is relying on this competency to smooth us past activity ranging from the not-quite-credible via the very bizarre to the openly warped. Sex-positive this is not; sex-petrified is closer to it. Angel’s abuse by various sketchily defined brutes is the only action in town, while our virtuous hero resists her charms; ice-cold lakes, wood-chopping and banjo-plucking provide unintentionally amusing displacement activity. You can imagine a Guy Maddin or John Waters version that uncouples the chastity belt to revel in this script’s campier, schlockier, more wanton aspects. It would doubtless spook the Pinnacle Peak faithful – but that’s what separates art from diligently illustrated sermons such as this.

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In Theaters

  • January 21, 2022
  • Abigail Cowen as Angel; Tom Lewis as Michael Hosea; Logan Marshall-Green as Paul; Livi Birch as young Sarah Stafford; Nina Dobrev as Mae Stafford; Josh Taylor as Alex Stafford; Famke Janssen as the Duchess; Eric Dane as the Duke; Daniah De Villiers as Miriam Altman; Jamie-Lee O’Donnell as Lucky; Ke-xi Wu as Mai Ling

Home Release Date

  • March 8, 2022
  • D.J. Caruso

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  • Universal Pictures

Movie Review

Angel is used to men looking at her.

She’s made a living out of being the prettiest woman in the brothel, and she’s been with more men than she can count. The worst part? With every passing day, she realizes just how right her housekeeper Cleo’s advice had been when she was a little girl.

“All men want to do is use you,” Cleo had informed her. “That is God’s truth.”

So, it’s quite a system shock when Michael Hosea walks into her bedroom and wants to do nothing other than talk. What’s even more weird, the hardworking farmer who lives outside of Pair-a-dice, California, claims that God wants him to marry her .

Well, a proposal’s no big surprise. It’s her fifth proposal in a week.

What is a surprise, however, is that Michael doesn’t look at her in the lustful way the other men do. Instead, he sees right throughher façade. He just wants to love her with a biblical love.

“You did not choose the life you had, but you can choose the life you want,” Michael says.

But how far is Michael willing to love her? And, eventually, to forgive her, too?

Because the truth is that Angel’s servitude at the brothel is just one of the horrific traumas she’s endured. Not even Angel can move past the scars of her past, let alone actually share them with anyone. And if Michael ever found out just how unclean her past was, he’d never be able to love her, and she’d just be left even more broken than before.

“All men want to do is use you. That is God’s truth.”

Positive Elements

As this story’s name implies, Redeeming Love focuses on redemption and forgiveness, themes that we’ll explore more fully in the Spiritual Elements section.

Angel’s painful story also offers an insightful case study into the struggle of self-condemnation. Even long after we’ve experienced deliverance from demeaning circumstances and the unconditional love of others, guilt and shame for our past choices can drive us into despair.

We see that dynamic repeatedly illustrated in Angel’s story. She desperately wants to trust the love and forgiveness that Michael offers her, but her shame warps her ability to believe that she’s worthy of that affection. That leads to a cycle of fleeing back to the degradation of her former way of life. Her choices cause Michael deep pain, but he never gives up on her—even as he gives her the freedom to choose either to stay with him or to run away again.

This story also shows us that evil often prevails simply because no one was willing to stand against it. Redeeming Love offers many compelling instances that show both the consequences of no one doing anything to resist evil as well as the positive impact caused when a single person takes action. Michael repeatedly acts as a champion for Angel. Angel, eventually, is able to do the same for other women trapped in the abusive cycle of prostitution. Likewise, Angel’s mother does all that she can (before dying when Angel is very young) to protect and care for her daughter.

Spiritual Elements

Redeeming Love retells the story of Hosea and his wife Gomer from Hosea 1-3 . In that account, God calls on Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer, explaining to him that she would continue to return to her prostitution. Hosea was to continue bringing Gomer back and forgiving her, no matter how much it may have hurt him to see her leaving him for other men. The narrative symbolically compares Hosea to God consistently redeeming His unfaithful partner, Israel, even after she continues to forsake Him for false idols.

We see a similar story here. Veering a bit from the biblical account, however, Angel’s rejection of Michael isn’t so much about brazenly embracing idolatry and sin, as Gomer seemed to do. Rather, Angel is simply unable to comprehend the patient and forgiving love that Michael offers her over and over and over again. At one point, Michael tenderly tells her, “Sometimes you have to leave behind what you were born into to become who God meant you to be.” Angel’s journey is not only about learning how to ask others for forgiveness, but it is also one where she must learn how to accept that forgiveness herself.

Michael and Angel both pray at various moments throughout the film: Michael prays that God would give him strength and wisdom, and he prays that God would reveal to him how he should act regarding Angel’s actions. Angel prays the Lord’s Prayer with her mother when she’s a young girl, and she prays that God would guide her toward the right thing to do during a desperate plea as an adult.

In addition, there are many subtle allusions to biblical ideas throughout the film. Michael is often seen caring for and herding sheep, an animal often used by Jesus to depict His flock. Michael also owns a horse named Shadrach. In one scene, he washes Angel’s feet. He makes a reference to free will. Michael tells Angel that God talks to everyone, and he mentions that a man named Ezra brought him to faith.

Angel throws a cross into the ocean, rejecting the faith of her mother as a little girl when it seems her prayers have gone unanswered. She laments that she has “too many demons to be loved.” Angel desperately tries to clean herself in the river, yelling that she’s “unclean,” and Michael forgives her. Angel calls a truly wicked, murderous and rapacious man the “Father of Lies.”

Michael shares that “sometimes you have to leave behind what you were born into to become who God meant you to be.” A man says “Godspeed.” The spirit of a dead person talks to Angel. Michael appears to supernaturally sense that something is wrong. A song references Enoch being taken up into Heaven as well as Moses with the burning bush. At one point, Lauren Daigle’s “Rescue” plays in the background.

[ Spoiler Warning ] Angel reveals to Michael that her name is Sarah and is shortly after able to have children even though she was previously barren, possibly alluding to Sarah from the Bible who was given a child by God even though she was barren.

Sexual Content

We weren’t surprised that a movie about a man redeeming a prostitute would have some sexual content to navigate, but we were baffled by how explicit the content was.

Angel and Michael have sex twice. Both lengthy scenes (nearly four minutes of combined screentime) involve explicit movements, ecstatic facial expressions and sounds that definitely strain at the boundaries of what’s allowable in a PG-13 movie. Nudity is strategically avoided in one of those scenes, but both scenes have erotically charged feel to them. These scenes aren’t brief and suggestive, but lengthy and very sensual.

Angel is naked on at least three occasions, though nothing is fully revealed due to clever camerawork. However, on multiple occasions, her breasts are only covered by her hair or, in one instance, Michael’s hands. Angel straddles Michael while talking with him. Angel scrubs herself to the point of bleeding while naked in a river, trying to cleanse herself of her shame, and the side of her breast is partially visible.

A truly disturbing scene involves Angel hitching a wagon ride back to town as she flees her husband. Her driver is Michael’s brother-in-law, Paul, who sees Angel as a worthless prostitute but nonetheless essentially demands sex from her as payment for transporting her. The encounter takes place offscreen, and we see Angel vomiting afterward. Later in the film, Paul is deeply and sincerely penitent for his actions that day.

One of the men Angel has sex with turns out to be her biological father, who hadn’t seen her in many years. Another man has a penchant for sex with very young girls, and it’s implied that was the case with him and Angel when she was a prepubescent girl as well.

Early in the film, we learn that Angel’s conception was the result of an adulterous affair between her mother and a rich man. Angel’s father supported her mother for years, but then cuts off support. Angel’s mother is forced into a life of prostitution to support herself and her daughter. We see little Angel sitting outside rooms and shacks where her mother is selling herself. After Angel’s mother dies, she ends up in a brothel as a very young girl.

Kisses are shared between Angel and various male characters. Men pull up their pants, implying that they had just had sex. Many prostitutes sit in the laps of men. Women dance sensually on a stage. Rowdy men reference sexual acts. Scores of men participate in a daily lottery to determine who’ll win the opportunity to have sex with Angel that day.

A woman exposes her midriff to reveal scars. Multiple prostitutes are seen wearing revealing clothing that exposes and pronounces cleavage. A prostitute makes unwanted advances on Michael. We hear some crude euphemisms for sexual acts.

[ Spoiler Warning ] Angel helps establish a home and refuge for women who’ve been involved in sex work.

Violent Content

As it turns out, there’s a lot of violence in the gold rush days of California, and there are many instances of violence specifically against women in this film.

Angel is dropped off at a brothel as a child. It is implied that she and other young girls are groomed, raped and molested. In a particularly distressing and uncomfortable scene, the screams of two young girls can be heard in the background as a man sexually assaults them.

Throughout the movie, men physically assault Angel, including choking, beating and attempting to drown her. The madame at one brothel smacks Angel across the face. Two women beat and rob her, leaving her bloody in the street. Angel is forced to have an abortion against her will (and we see the doctor walking toward her with medical implements as Angel screams and is restrained by other men). At one point, she rapidly scratches at her arms with rocks. Angel hits a man with a pipe. Another woman is beaten by her husband in a flashback offscreen, though we see her bruised face later. A woman is murdered for helping Angel escape a brothel.

Michael is slapped, and he gets into a fistfight with three men. A man is punched in the face for his comments. An offscreen fire kills two people. Two others are hanged, one of which we see dangling after a lynch mob captures him for abusing small girls.

A man commits suicide with a pistol, and we see him put the gun to his head before he pulls the trigger (offscreen). A man is punched in the crotch. Someone dies of disease. Another man is strangled to death, and his body is stabbed and disgraced.

Crude or Profane Language

Four uses of the word “wh-re”. Additionally, we hear two uses of “b–ch,” and we hear one use each of “d–n,” “p-ss” and “h—.”

Drug and Alcohol Content

There are multiple scenes where prostitutes sit in a lounge room drinking alcohol. Angel is visibly impaired at least once, and she drinks on multiple occasions. An alcoholic man drinks from the collection of another man. Whiskey and brandy are consumed.

Other Negative Elements

A crowd gambles in a casino, and it’s clear that gambling and prostitution are closely linked. A general sense of women’s vulnerability to predatory men hangs over the entirety of the story, with the only exceptions being a couple of happily married women who don’t seem to be in such obvious jeopardy.

This ain’t your average Hallmark movie.

The biblical story of Hosea and his unfaithful wife, Gomer, helps us realize just how horribly we stray from God. Gomer’s prostitution represents the waywardness of Israel. More broadly, this story convicts us by suggesting that we, too, follow in Gomer’s rebellious footsteps when we choose sin over God’s faithful love, like a woman choosing to return to prostitution over the commitment to her husband.

Redeeming Love , based on the 1991 novel of the same name by Francine Rivers, loosely retells this story. We don’t get many details in Scripture regarding Gomer’s heart motivation. But emphasis is clearly placed on Gomer’s repeated unfaithfulness and her stubborn inclination to reject Hosea’s faithful love.

Here, however, Angel’s repeated return to her old life flows more from her shame and her struggle to believe that anyone could ever truly love her. She also, in her own strange way, thinks she’s doing Michael a favor by leaving him. She believes that she’s unable to have children because of a forced abortion, and she knows that a family is something that Michael wants. When a new family of homesteaders moves onto a nearby farm, Angel believes that a young woman there will be able to give Michael the family that she cannot.

That complex combination of motivations drives Angel to leave Michael over and over again. At each step of the way, Michael demonstrates grace, forgiveness and hope that perhaps one day his faithful love will fully win her over. And to receive Michael’s love, Angel will first fully have to receive the love and forgiveness that God offers her as well.

That’s a beautiful message. But there’s more that we need to talk about with regard to how this movie delivers it.

Redeeming Love isn’t the first Christian movie to try to depict a biblical story using a gritty, realistic approach regarding the sinfulness of man. Many of us have sat through the gut-wrenching and visceral scenes of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ . Likewise, the 2018 movie Unplanned , which deals with the subject of abortion, forces viewers to face the grim reality of that subject.

However, we would be remiss if we didn’t reiterate just how much sensual content this movie contains. We don’t want to knock Redeeming Love for its realistic approach. But we question how necessary it was to the plot to show the audience two long and intimate sex scenes, as well as several other scenes that include partial or near nudity. The average viewer certainly could’ve figured out what was going on without the need for such detailed sexual depictions.

Redeeming Love captures the beautiful story of what unconditional love truly looks like, especially when our sins may be too difficult for us to bear. Unfortunately, this poignant portrait of unconditional love also strays repeatedly into such provocative images that it might cause some who wrestle with pornography or sexual sin to stumble themselves.

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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Redeeming Love’ On Peacock, Where A Christian Farmer Falls For a Hooker with a Heart of Gold

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In  Redeeming Love , now streaming on Peacock , a mistrusting hooker with a heart of gold catches the eye of a God-loving farmer who makes it his mission to rescue her from the depressing brothel she calls home. Starring Abigail Cowen of  Chilling Adventures of Sabrina , up-and-comer Tom Lewis, and  Euphoria ‘s Eric Dane, this Christian romance tries to convince its audience of the power of prayer (and all that other good Jesus-y stuff). 

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The Gist: Angel (Abigail Cowen) is the highest-priced prostitute at the Pair-o-Dice; a crowd of hopeful men gather daily outside the brothel in the hopes of getting a few minutes of her time. It’s the 1850s in California and the Gold Rush is in full swing; Angel and her fellow sex workers are paid in gold dust, and it’s all over seen by the Duchess (Famke Janssen), who predictably doesn’t pay them their fair share. Angel – who we soon learn is actually named Sarah – was perhaps destined for this hard life, having watched her unmarried mother fall into the world of sex work during hard times. She’s been abused in just about every single way a person can, and it’s hardened her to the world and everyone in it. That is, until she meets Michael (Tom Lewis).

Michael, a God-fearing farmer looking for someone to spend his life with, spots Angel on a walk one day and knows immediately that she’s supposed to be his wife. Angel initially rebuffs his attempts to take her away from the Pair-o-Dice, but when he appears again after she’s been badly beaten, she accepts his offer to become his wife and leave this life behind. Michael is patient with Angel as she adjusts to this new existence and learns to trust for the first time in her life, and little by little, she opens her heart to him. When someone’s been hurt as much as Angel has, however, starting fresh isn’t as easy as it might seem.

What Movies Will It Remind You Of?:  Some other soapy, faith-based romances include  I Can Only Imagine ,  I Still Believe ,  Home Sweet Home , and  Running for Grace , though  Redeeming Love  is just a liiiittle sexier than these titles.

Performance Worth Watching: In a movie full of over-actors and forgettable faces, Abigail Cowen is a dream as Angel, living up to her character’s heavenly name. She’s only starred in a handful of projects, including  I Still Believe ,  Stranger Things , and  Chilling Adventures of Sabrina , but her performance in  Redeeming Love  makes a very convincing case for her to become a massive star. She’s got the kind of face that translates to both period dramas and contemporary stories, and she’s relentlessly charming (even when she’s rejecting the guy we know she’s going to end up with). Cowen is simply lovely.

Memorable Dialogue: Angel’s line about how she “never looks back” and “never looks forward” made me laugh, because there are so many flashbacks in this movie – and so many moments where she relives her trauma – that the line makes no sense whatsoever.

Sex and Skin: There are many implied sexual encounters and a few more romantic sex scenes on-screen, though they’re all pretty tastefully shot.

Our Take:  Clocking in at a painful 2 hours and 14 minutes, there is very little that is redeeming about Redeeming Love . We watch our leading lady endure just about every abuse there is at the hands of multiple men; from her cruel father and the devilish Irish duke (Eric Dane), who buys her as a child and pimps her out, the gal can’t catch a break. She’s sexually abused as a child, endures forced abortion and sterilization, is drowned, beaten, and smacked. It’s hard to watch, especially given that her eventual rescue and redemption also come from men – Michael and the man upstairs. (Yeah, God). And even her relationship with Michael feels a little gross, since she has no choice in the matter when he pays to come see her during their first few encounters.

The script takes its sweet time walking us through Angel’s trauma, too, even after we’ve pretty much gotten the picture. It’s rough. And it often equates her “sinning” with the way she’s coped with all this unspeakable trauma, a move that feels unfair and frankly icky. Abigail Cowen handles it beautifully, however, charming us even as the story drags on and on. She’s a star, and to Redeeming Love ‘s credit, the film seems to understand this, too; Cowen is bathed in dreamy golden light and given all the screen time she deserves (even if the movie itself can’t live up to her talent).

Redeeming Love  is obviously a biblical retelling, but it feels a little like Christian softcore porn, getting a little sexier than we’re used to seeing in the faith-based romance genre. There’s something hilarious about this weirdly kinky story being wrapped up in a God-fearing redemption tale; are we supposed to give all the sinful stuff a pass because we know the Lord is going to forgive it all in the end? How does this sexy stuff fit into the soapy state of it all? Redeeming Love wants to be both a moving drama and a Hallmark love story, but it’s never quite able to strike the balance that would allow this to work. It’s also perhaps one of the most unsubtle stories ever told; from the opening sequence that sees grubby men sift through mud in the hopes of finding gold to Angel being named, well, Angel ,  Redeeming Love  has no interest whatsoever in acting like its audience might have a shred of intelligence (or self-respect).

Our Call:  SKIP IT.  Redeeming Love  fails as both a compelling romance and an effective drama, failing to do its dazzling leading lady – or anyone else – justice whatsoever.

Will you stream or skip the Christian romance #RedeemingLove on @peacockTV ? #SIOSI — Decider (@decider) March 11, 2022

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Redeeming Love Reviews Are Here, See What Critics Are Saying About The Romantic Drama

What do the critics think of the book-to-film adaptation?

Angel and Michael Hosea are shown in Redeeming Love.

With Redeeming Love , director D.J. Caruso tackles the emotional romance portrayed in the 1991 Francine Rivers best-seller of the same name, bringing the book’s California Gold Rush-era tale to the big screen. The sweeping romance gives a Western-style makeover to the biblical book of Hosea, on which the story is loosely based. Critics have had a chance to review the film before it hits theaters January 21, so let’s take a look at what they thought of this romantic drama.

Redeeming Love stars Abigail Cowen as Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, and Tom Lewis as Michael Hosea, who falls in love at first sight with Angel as an adult, vowing to give her the life she deserves. Angel’s past continues to haunt her, however, against the backdrop of 1850s California. The film also stars Logan Marshall-Green, Famke Janssen , Nina Dobrev and Eric Dane. Let’s see what the reviews have to say. 

Starting with our own CinemaBlend review , Sarah El-Mahmoud gives Redeeming Love 1.5 stars out of 5, saying the main characters lack chemistry — through no fault of Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis.  The film adaptation has no charm and is missing passion, leaving its characters feeling one-dimensional, despite the talented cast. 

Overall, the problem with Redeeming Love seems to be how poorly it was adapted from book to screen. Book adaptations work the best when there’s a distinct vision being created that can allow for a story to live in live-action in a different way than it breathed on the page — but that is not something that is ultimately accomplished here.

Nicole Ackman of Next Best Picture struggles to understand the movie’s genre and intended audience, as the Christian historical romance about a prostitute deals with subject matter that isn’t easy to watch. She rates it 2 out of 10.  

The film's strong Christian focus and unpleasant sordid content — including child trafficking and incest — seem like they might manage to alienate any and all potential audience members in the process.

The fact that Redeeming Love is biblically based while trying to be explicit is noted by Robert Kojder of Flickering Myth , who rates the film 1 star. He says, similarly to other critics, that the film fails to develop its lead characters. 

Neither of these characters are seriously explored, so the sensitive material comes across as ill-advised and mishandled (not to mention the camera work takes on a male gaze lens whether Angel is making love for business or pleasure, going to hilarious extremes blocking nudity of everyone involved while trying to be explicit). Everything about Redeeming Love is wrongheaded.

Joseph Aberl of Murphy’s Multiverse , however, thinks the seemingly bizarre genre-mashing makes for an unexpectedly dark spin on a classic romance.  

Redeeming Love surprised me in telling a strong yet dark story that offers a glimpse of hope through the power of unconditional love. It doesn’t fall back on classical conventions of what you expect from a romance story, and while I believe Lewis‘ Michael could’ve done with a bit more fleshing out, the tale told is carried by Cowen‘s performance as Angel.

Tessa Smith of Mama’s Geeky gives Redeeming Love 3 out of 5 stars, noting that even though the story is based on the Book of Hosea, it can still be enjoyed by non-religious viewers like herself. However, the movie overall could have used a bit more editing, Smith says, as a run time of over two hours isn’t needed to tell its story. 

The biggest problem with Redeeming Love is that it goes on far too long. I know that it is based off of a book, so it is trying to hit all the major plot points, but the back and forth of will she or won’t she only gets annoying and redundant over time. For this movie to clock in at over two hours is completely unnecessary.

The critics seem mixed on this one, with some saying Redeeming Love gives a unique perspective on unconditional love, while others think it didn’t do enough to properly adapt the best-selling novel it’s based on. Redeeming Love hits theaters Friday, January 21. Be sure to check out our 2022 Movie Release Schedule to see what other films are coming soon. 

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Redeeming Love Review: Choosing Love in the Face of Hardship

Redeeming Love offers a perspective on the healing powers of faith and love during the California Gold Rush.

Romantic period dramas will always be a staple in the movie world, and 2022 starts with an adaptation of Francine Rivers’ best-selling 1991 novel Redeeming Love . The 1850s Gold Rush in California, in the dusty deserts of the state, seems like the perfect setting to tell a story of redemption and glory. But it doesn’t unfold in the way audiences familiar with these narratives may expect. The heroine isn’t looking for gold nor a shot of fame in the Wild West. The setting is confined to the small world and bedroom she lives in the Palace. When a man spots her outside one day and decides that she’ll be the woman he marries, her entire world changes.

The novel version of Redeeming Love was well-cherished by audiences globally, selling over three million copies since published in 1991. The novel was also translated into thirty languages, thus making this one of the anticipated releases of the year for the novel's fans. Redeeming Love ’s cast features familiar faces like Abigail Cowen of The Winx Saga, The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev , and Logan Marshall-Green .

Cowen is no stranger to Christian-based dramas; she previously appeared in the romantic drama I Still Believe in 2020. Dobrev, too, is quite familiar with working in historical contexts in this period. But this isn’t Keira Knightley’s Pride and Prejudice or Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled : it’s a movie that has its roots in faith and the belief that religion has the power to completely transform one’s life, even if they are living at the bottom of society.

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Redeeming Love ’s protagonist is Angel, a girl who once lived happily with her mother. She meets her father for the first time when she’s six years old, but the story of her birth isn’t a happy one. She was born out of an affair and out of wedlock. When her father visits, his cruelty, and dismissal of the relationship and Angel’s existence is only the first trigger for something much bigger. Angel’s mother and her life spirals, leading to a situation where her mother turns to prostitution to survive.

Unfortunately, she becomes ill and dies, leading Angel to renounce the Christian faith that she was raised with. After her mother’s death, Angel is sold and becomes a child prostitute, where, years later as an adult, she still is stuck in the same position she started in. There’s one mantra that gets Angel through the circumstances she’s living in. She will one day have the chance to make her own decisions, and she believes that men will only use the women they surround themselves with for their own pleasure. The film utilizes flashbacks and direct dialogue to convey the important parts of the story, particularly when it comes to Angel’s history as a prostitute.

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However, it seems as if everything considered sinful is checked off one by one in the movie. At times, it seems justified, fitting for the story at hand, but then it begins to feel as if it’s all crammed in to make a statement rather than serve a purpose. The story becomes theatrics of tragedy, something pushed past the boundaries of needing justification to occur. Angel seemingly is a doomed heroine in the viewer's eye and is someone set up to fail without an external force to intervene.

Enter: the lone cowboy and his dog. His name is Michael, and he is here to teach Angel about love and faith. Michael’s patient in his pursuit of Angel coming around to love him, as he doesn’t give up and continues to ask her to marry him. Even as she yells and hits him, he continues to be gentle and takes care of her wounds. After a shameful confession that Angel doesn’t believe in God and that Michael will only suffer in her presence, an intimate mash-up of domestic scenes ensues. The couple is seen doing chores around the farm and cooking chicken, almost lovingly looking into each other’s eyes despite what happened in the previous scene.

Romantic dramas tend to unfold in a particular way: boy meets girl, and they fall in love. Redeeming Love does not try to deny that it follows this formulaic approach. In this case, the boy, Michael, rides into town from his farm, spots Angel dressed in all black, and he immediately decides that this is the woman he’s going to marry. Naturally, this occurs after he prays for “any kind of woman.” Despite the outside world telling him to give up on her, he doesn’t, leading to an unofficial marriage that Angel only consents to mockingly.

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The story for Redeeming Love is based on the 1991 novel, which, after its first publication, contained heavy religious elements. This movie’s story is also a retelling of the Book of Hosea, so its foundations completely rely on the borrowed notion that an unfaithful relationship between a husband and a wife directly correlates with the relationship between the God of the land (originally Yahweh, the national God of Ancient Israel) and his people. Religion plays a role in the movie; Michael prays for a wife, Angel renounces religion and quite literally becomes the embodiment of a fallen angel, and Christian imagery is scattered throughout.

This notion between salvation and damnation is evident in the construct of space in the movie; Michael’s abode, a humble farmhouse away from the city, is much brighter than its counterpart. Angel’s life at the Palace is dark and dim, while the beginning of her flashbacks to childhood are bright and colorful, almost whimsical at times. The movie plays with space, adding a particular nuance that defies the expectations of the setting and constructs the story is placed within. A sense of claustrophobia exists in Angel’s world, and she isn’t capable of being liberated from her instinct of fight or flight—or, at least, until she’s able to heal her relationship with religion and become a law-abiding citizen.

Redeeming Love does try to redeem the main character and cleanse her of her past sins. Even as she shows herself unfaithful in the contest of Michael’s religious beliefs, he still refuses to give up on her. However, the movie fails to subvert the tropes of the genre. Because it follows a retelling of the Book of Hosea, the storyline doesn’t move past the concept of the original sin and that women have been blamed for the root of their suffering. Redeeming Love builds upon this narrative, thus creating something that reiterates that Angel is not to blame for her situation. It implies because she is a woman, she is placed into this unfortunate series of events.

Angel’s story relies on the tragedy of her situation, making her a flat character. Through the heavy use of exposition and flashbacks scattered throughout the film, the audience learns bits and pieces of the horrors inflicted upon her body. However, her character isn’t developed outside her salvation. Michael repeats she doesn’t need to be bound by her past, that she doesn’t need to change for him, but, at the end of the film, it concludes that she does need to change to become someone worthy of a better situation. By choosing this path, the movie turns on itself and demonstrates that it isn’t okay to live that life as a sex worker, even though many women didn’t have a choice.

By denying Angel’s past, Michael allows her to see herself as something more than a prostitute, but it also creates an unrealistic void where he can’t understand where she’s coming from in her actions and decisions. It also sets an expectation that one must alter themselves and their reality to become acceptable or deserving of love, then they must redeem themselves to have a good life. In this context , in the 1800s , it delves into the moral questions and philosophy behind sex work and whether it can be considered a real career in a world where women like Angel couldn’t get real jobs or have family support.

Redeeming Love has a cast largely fueled by newcomers driving the movie. It reminds us that historical dramas can include realistic diversity , although there are questionable decisions about the prostitutes who aren’t white and the violence inflicted upon their bodies. It attempts to humanize these women stuck in unfortunate circumstances, although it relies heavily on the genre’s tropes to tell this story. This is no Clint Eastwood Western film, nor does it try to pretend to be something grander than it is. Our cowboy merely believes in God and the faith that his wife can change her ways, allowing the happy ending everyone is wishing for.

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My Review of the Movie Redeeming Love

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Hosea’s life was a prophecy to the people of Israel, a statement that although God will bring judgment to sin, He will also always bring His people back to Himself through His love. The cycle of repentance, redemption, and restoration is evident in this story.

When it comes to people speaking against this movie, their main concern is the sexual content, and i want to address that. (let me remind you, this story is about a prostitute), “to deny the positive sexual experience is to accept the negative.”, true love, god’s love, can bring healing to the darkest of places..

Now, if you choose not to see Redeeming Love , that’s fine. It’s your choice. But I want you to know the heart behind this movie and this story. So then, if you choose to watch, you’ll see Francine’s heart. But more importantly, you’ll see God’s heart. No matter what you’ve done or how you’ve hurt Him, God’s love is faithful, and He longs to redeem you and make you His own. Now that’s a beautiful story.

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January 31, 2022 at 10:15 pm

Tricia, this is such a beautiful review! I, too, agree with John. Women who have been broken in this way need to see what beauty there is in a marriage bed. If she didn’t show the true pain and ugliness of that life, we wouldn’t be able to fully see the beauty for the ashes and His redemption story for us!

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February 1, 2022 at 4:07 pm

This is one of my all-time favorite books! It’s amazing! Haven’t seen the movie.

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February 1, 2022 at 2:25 am

I so agree with your review, Tricia! It was so well done!

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February 8, 2022 at 1:49 am

Thank you. I just saw this last night. I was a product of an abusive first marriage where sex was used as a tool. I hated it by the time God freed me 3 years ago. God brought another beautiful man in my life like Michael Hosea and God used him to heal me and fully love me in this area. I realized I wasn’t broken and it opened intimacy I didn’t know existed. I miss that beautiful intimacy with my beautiful husband since God took him home in May 2021. I fully understood why she struggled to accept the love but appreciated how Michael gently loved her in every way.

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February 11, 2023 at 5:47 am

Thank you so much for writing this review! I think I’ve watched the movie 4 or 5 times and I can’t get enough of it.

In fact, as a narcissistic abuse survivor, I believe this movie is one of my favorites because it clearly shows the effects trauma can have on someone else’s life.

In fact, I think it’s very rare for a Christian movie to even display trauma in this way but I greatly appreciated it.

This movie made me feel seen and heard and I am on so grateful.

My only hope is that I would marry someone who treats me the way Michael treated Angel.

With all love, grace, and tenderness.

In fact, not once did Michael make Angel feel insecure in her love for him. She felt safe in his presence and it was that safe energy that healed her and gave her hope.

So, in a way, I can also say this movie gives me hope that true love can exist after abuse.

I was abused by both my mother and father growing up so I have an insecure attachment.

But this movie also made me witness how being around the right people can turn an insecure attachment into a secure one.

All in all, I appreciate you writing this great review.

I believe any woman who’s been through any kind of trauma or abuse by a parent should watch this movie.

February 11, 2023 at 5:54 am

As someone who has been abused, I’ve watched the movie 5 times

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October 13, 2023 at 12:40 am

I love this movie because it’s shows women that abuse can not break you and God sends help and when you deserve love and God has already forgiven us of our sins and in the end love blooms with a spectacular romantic marriage…..

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Redeeming Love

Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel knows nothing but betrayal. Can her heart ever be mended? Based upon the novel by Francine Rivers.

Dove Review

Based on Francine Rivers’ 1991 bestseller, Redeeming Love, set during the California gold rush of the 1850s, delivers a distinctly Christian message, but more covertly than not: symbols abound, mostly in the form of crosses and Bibles, talk of forgiveness is woven into the narrative, and unconditional love is at the heart of the protagonist Angel’s transformation. However, there is no preaching, none at all, which is incredibly refreshing. The filmmakers allow the viewer to grasp the message through the circumstances of the characters alone, and that is all that is needed.

Of course Michael Hosea, Angel’s rescuer, is indeed a Christ-like figure: He is patient, kind, loving, persevering, and self-sacrificial. After praying to God for a wife, he lays eyes on Angel, (her name is ironic given she is a prostitute), and from that moment on, he pursues her like he’s on a mission, but more like God pursues, than any of the other horrible men who pursue her in this film. Michael sees her brokenness and gently approaches her, and with undying patience, he helps her believe he is genuine. Angel, having been sexually exploited from a young age, is of course angry, bitter, broken, and resentful, and she is a survivor, so this is no easy feat for Michael. There is no room for emotion in her life, and she cannot fathom why he is so kind to her.

When Michael finds her after having been badly beaten, he is able to finally bring her home and convince her to stay. She agrees, as her options are limited, but throughout the film she runs away again and again, returning to the life she knew for so many years out of shame and self-loathing and continuing to compound her terrible choices by betraying Michael and even engaging in incest with her own father. Nevertheless, it is fascinating to watch Michael refuse to give up on her, but instead to practice gentleness, patience, and faith; he is determined to trust God because this girl he has chosen cannot be trusted.

Angel is captivating in a quiet, mysterious manner, and her journey of self-discovery and acceptance has some particularly moving moments, such as when she bravely fights back to rescue some young girls who were being exploited like she was when she was a child. When Angel runs away for the last time, Michael wisely decides not to pursue her; instead, like the father in the biblical parable of the prodigal son, he waits, expectedly and eagerly, never giving up because, as he explains to a concerned neighbor, we have free will, and must choose for ourselves. He has proven his love to her, and she knows it is available to her always.

The Dove Take

Though sexual scenes and violence occur, Redeeming Love is a powerful channel by which to discuss God’s redeeming love in our lives. This film is Dove approved for 18+.

Dove Rating Details

Strong Christian message by believing characters, mostly through life choices, and Christian symbols abound

Michael is a consistently loving, compassionate, and forgiving individual

Married couple has sex on two occasions on screen mostly clothed, hand on/covering breast, accompanied by passionate kissing.

Abusive behavior towards women, slapping and punching is frequent, one man shoots himself in head as shown by holding gun to head – death occurs off-screen.

Topless shots with hair covering breasts, low cut clothing revealing cleavage

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Let me start off by saying, I am one of the few Christian novel-loving women who hasn’t read “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. I have only read one Francine Rivers book. Why? Historical fiction isn’t a favorite of mine. Several friends have recommended “Redeeming Love” to me over the years but I’ve never read it. That being said, I knew what it was about. I knew it was a retelling of the story of Hosea and Gomer from the Bible. I knew it was about unconditional love.

Since I had never read the book, I was very excited to be asked to preview the movie and share my thoughts with you, my readers. You know I give you my honest opinion on everything I review, and that is what you will get here.

Many thanks to Universal for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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About Redeeming Love

Based on the bestselling novel by Francine Rivers, REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful story of relentless love and perseverance as a young couple’s relationship clashes with the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850. For any couple who wants take their relationship up a notch, they might want to check out products, such as the ones on the We-Vibe Tango X review .

Angel expects only pain from those around her. Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel survives with hatred towards herself and the men that use her. She meets Michael Hosea, a farmer who believes God wants Angel to be his wife. Dire circumstances force Angel to accept his proposal, but when Michael defies her bitter expectations, her wounded heart begins to mend.

As Angel encounters a love unlike anything she ever experienced, feelings of unworthiness and shame cause her to run from a life she doesn’t think she deserves. As Michael sets out to find her, Angel discovers there is no brokenness that love can’t heal.

REDEEMING LOVE is rated PG-13 (Partial Nudity, Mature Thematic Content, Sexual Content, Strong Violent Content).

Mom Maven’s Thoughts

The story is a beautiful depiction of the unconditional love that God has for us. It is a retelling of a true story from the Bible, with some literary license taken, of course. The acting is believable and well-done. Difficult subjects are handled well.

This movie may be rated PG-13 but I wouldn’t let my kids watch it that young, and you probably shouldn’t either. The combination of the violence, mature subject matter, and all of the sex, I don’t think it is appropriate for at least under age 17. We haven’t watched anything with that much sex in it in 20 years. It was a lot and I actually thought about turning it off a few times, but I had committed to writing this review, so I didn’t.

There is a time in the movie where Michael leaves the house late at night and jumps in the pond, aka 1850s cold shower, and my husband and I laughed because as the audience, we felt it too.

REDEEMING LOVE is a beautiful story of God’s unfailing, unconditional, never-ending redemptive love for us. It is not a family-friendly film though, so choose wisely who gets to see it.

REDEEMING LOVE comes to theaters this weekend, opening day is Friday, January 21, 2021. You can get your tickets here.

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Redeeming Love Movie Review (by a longtime fan of the book)

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I live in a tiny town way up in the mountains. We have two small cinemas, and I wasn’t expecting either of them to show the Redeeming Love movie on opening weekend. So, when I saw that one of them WAS , well, I immediately fired off emoji-filled texts to my girlfriends. A whole gaggle of us rearranged our schedules so we could see it together on opening day. 

I read the Redeeming Love book when I was in my early twenties. It made a huge impression on me. My friends read it, and we discussed it, talking about Angel like she was a real person. Over the years, I’ve bought at least a dozen copies to give away to fellow readers.

So, when I heard that Redeeming Love was being made into a movie, I immediately thought, “Oh, I hope they don’t ruin it! Is Francine Rivers involved at all?” 

Did the movie ruin the book? Was it any good?

I’ve got crazy, opinionated ideas about it all. Let’s dive in, shall we?

What is Redeeming Love about?

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The Redeeming Love book is a Christian, historical romance novel. 

The story takes place in Pair-a-Dice, a fictional town in the California Gold Country in 1850. It’s a settlement full of men hoping for a lucky strike of gold— and to get lucky with Angel, the most expensive prostitute at the town brothel.

The horrific backstory that brought Angel to the brothel left her scarred, jaded, and ruthless. She’s also powerless. Although men fall at her feet, she’s essentially a prisoner of the Dutchess, the wicked-stepmother-y brothel owner.

Enter The Hunk. Michael Hosea is a devout young farmer who has a close relationship with Jesus Christ. God calls Michael to marry Angel. So he plunks down some gold dust to get into her bedroom, and he propose marriage—with his pants up the whole time. Angel, distrustful to the core, wants nothing to do with him. 

Then, things happen…I won’t spoil it. But, ultimately, Angel comes to understand redeeming love. Not romantic love, but heavenly love from God, the Father. 

There’s a tiny little Redeeming Love book summary for ya!

Who wrote Redeeming Love?

Francine Rivers is the author of Redeeming Love . She’s got an interesting backstory. She started out as a successful romance novelist. When she came to Christ, she stopped writing mainstream romance and transitioned to Christian romance instead. Redeeming Love was her “statement of faith.” The rest is history.

“I still consider myself a struggling Christian, fraught with faults and failures, but Jesus has given me the tool of writing to use in seeking answers from Him. God is patient with me, and through the study of His Word, I am learning what He wants to teach me. When I hear from a reader who is touched by one of my stories, it is God above, and He can use anything to reach and teach His children – even a work of fiction.” Francine Rivers

Is Redeeming Love well written?

This book is written in good, genre-level craft. It’s not literary. But, for a lot of readers, that’s good. It’s easy to comprehend everything at face value, and your eyes race across the page with no friction. But, it’s not language to linger over.

Rivers’s real gift is for storytelling. Redeeming Love is such a compelling story—and that’s what makes it unforgettable, not the writing. 

When was Redeeming Love first published? 

The novel was first published in 1991. You can view a handy list of all the various print and audio editions on the author’s website . I actually owned an old-school copy, you guys! The cover looked like this:

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I’m pretty sure I let someone borrow it and never got it back. (Wah-wah.) Anyhow, the book grew to become a bestseller, and now it stands as a classic that defines the genre.

Is Redeeming Love religious? (And what kind of religious?)

You betcha it’s religious. Redeeming Love doesn’t pay lip service to Christianity. There are many Christian books (songs, movies, etc.) that have the appearance of godliness, but they deny its power (2 Tim 3:15). Redeeming Love is NOT that. This book is all about the power of God speaking to people and accomplishing the impossible.

The faith expressed in this book felt deeply familiar to me when I first read it. It was like Rivers struck a chord that had been fashioned within me long ago, making new music I could’ve sworn I’d heard before.

I was raised in the Christian faith by parents who not only believed but acted on that belief and allowed it to shape our family. I was taught to believe in the miraculous. Hearing God’s voice, seeing His hand move in a situation, feeling His prompt (or shove), witnessing a healing of body, mind, or spirit…these are things that I grew up seeing in our small church congregation. I was accustomed to hearing church members share dreams they’d been given by God. Some had visions. Others were healed of physical sicknesses, even things like cancer.

Seeing this type of faith reflected in Redeeming Love was such a blessing to me. I felt like shouting, “I know these characters! I’ve known them all my life!”

What is Redeeming Love based on?

Francine Rivers loosely based Redeeming Love on the Book of Hosea in the Bible. That’s why Michael’s last name is Hosea—nod, nod. God called the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. Like Angel, Gomer wasn’t faithful to Hosea, but God called him to be faithful to her and love her no matter what, reflecting the way God loves His people Israel, even though they whored after idols—the Bible’s language, not mine (Judges 2:17).

I could never relate to the biblical Gomer. Why did she keep running away from her husband who loved her? Having sex with randos. Abandoning her kids. What’s wrong with her? Well, the character of Angel helped me “see” Gomer. 

Rivers puts Angel through hell, and Angel makes decisions based on her horrible past, what life has taught her to do. Once I got sucked into the story, Angel’s actions (running, returning to sin) seemed logical from her worldly and wounded perspective. 

It’s Michael Hosea who is the unbelievable one, ha!

Redeeming Love movie review

I confess. Over the years, I’ve searched the internet for “Is Redeeming Love a movie?” This would make such a good movie , I’d pine to myself. So, when my sister-in-law broke the news that a film was really-n-truly in the works, we both marked the news as “important” and kept it on our radar. As I mentioned, we saw the movie opening weekend.

My verdict: GO SEE IT. 

Here’s the Redeeming Love movie trailer.

A few cautions: Anyone under the age of, gosh, I dunno, 16 should not watch it due to the sex stuff. People who haven’t read the book and aren’t prepared ahead of time for the subject matter may clutch their pearls and cry, “What is this smut?!” 

This movie is not perfect. Diehard fans of the novel may nitpick at some of the changes. But it’s a solid rendering of the novel, remaining true to the central theme of God’s redemptive love. It’s entertaining, visually beautiful, and the romance totally fogs glass. 

ALSO… There are some general spoilers head.

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Redeeming Love cast—yay or nay?

In terms of appearance, the actors are all spot-on in my opinion. 

I could not stop looking at Abigail Cowen when she was onscreen. She’s a breathtaking Angel. And she’s got just enough grit to her. Despite her beauty, you can easily imagine her being on the verge of committing some criminal act. 

Tom Lewis, who plays Michael, is the perfect mix of manliness and gentleness. And Eric Dane is chilling as the Duke—a suave gentleman on the outside and a devil on the inside. 

By far, the best acting came from Logan Marshall-Green, who plays Paul, troubled brother-in-law to Michael. This guy lit up the screen.

Did the Redeeming Love movie stay true to the book?

Yes! Francine Rivers was highly involved in the script, so I heard in an interview she did. Of course, they couldn’t squeeze in every last detail from the book, but they hit all the critical plot points. There were a few key scenes that they streamlined and remade, mostly for clarity’s sake, I think. 

The most significant alteration (for me) was the climactic scene when Duke forces Angel onstage at his burlesque theater, and she exposes his perverted preference for small girls. I was really looking forward to her singing Rock of Ages, which got cut. The escape is different, and the book version is much more satisfying.

The film didn’t convey as much of the supernatural element as I thought it might. It’s hard to portray the Holy Spirit’s nudges. In the book, Rivers puts the Holy Spirit in bold, so it’s very clear.

Just come out with it. Is Redeeming Love cheesy? 

Devoted Christian moviegoers know that cheesiness comes with the territory. We suffer it because we want good, clean movies that reflect our values.

Redeeming Love does have cheese. But not a lot. It’s a 5 out of 10 on the Cheese-O-Meter. It doesn’t ruin the movie by any means. 

The character of Michael tipped the scales of cheesiness for me. It felt like they were trying a little too hard to make him normal. Sometimes there’s an undertone in Christian movies that seems to beg, “Please, don’t think we’re weird! We belong at the cool kids’ table, we do.” I can’t quite put my finger on it. 

I would’ve liked Michael to have a slightly harder edge—even to come across as unlikeable sometimes. He needs the flint that comes with setting your face toward God.

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Have there been bad reviews of the Redeeming Love movie?

Predictably, yes. The Daily Beast called it patriarchal because Angel’s whole “problem” is that she won’t submit to Michael’s “ownership” of her as his wife. Many of the plot elements, including the overall theme, just don’t make sense outside of the allegory it’s trying to portray. When viewed through worldly eyes, it doesn’t make sense. 

For example, the Beast asserts that Michael plucks Angel out of her prison because her beauty catches his eye. That’s not exactly it. Michael never would’ve pursued her if God hadn’t prompted him to do so. He would’ve oogled her and went back to the farm. 

There’s also the opinion that Angel moves from one type of slavery (prostitution) to another type of slavery (marriage). But no, she finds freedom and healing in her marriage. It’s not the freedom to do whatever she wants, whenever she wants, however she wants. It’s freedom from the weight of sin and the price it demands.

The Beast also says that the narrative promotes the prosperity sex gospel, which the columnist defines like this: “The promise suggests that God has an erotic future with a hot spouse planned for those who devoutly follow His rules, primarily if they abstain from premarital copulating.” 

No. The novel doesn’t promise this, and anyone who thinks that God promises this is wrong. But there is great beauty in following God’s design for marriage. There are great rewards. Not glossy, glittery Hollywood rewards, but true blessings that you can hold on to, that won’t move when the world tilts sideways. (If the storyline toed the line of the prosperity sex gospel, then Angel never would’ve ended up with Michael, and Paul never would’ve married Miriam.)

The Washington Post said, “ Redeeming Love is an incident-rich saga populated by cardboard heroes and villains and outfitted with greeting-card sentiments and cartoon villainy.” And they said the Christian messaging is, uh, shall we say, heavy-handed.

Okay, that’s not completely off base, ha. But this is NOT your family-friendly, feel-good popcorn film. This movie is tough to watch at times. I wouldn’t unwind with it after a long day. I certainly wouldn’t equate it with a greeting card.

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What is Redeeming Love rated, and what are the content warnings?

This film is rated PG-13, and I must say, it’s a mature PG-13. 

There is sex all ova’ the place. It’s about a prostitute, people. What do you expect? I will say that the sex scenes do NOT depict the full and complete act. There is no below-the-belt nudity. But it does push beyond the boundary of “fade to black immediately after they start kissing.”

On the good side, it shows Angel and Michael making love and enjoying it. Honestly, I don’t think this is necessarily bad if the intent is to balance out all of the glorified bad sex that mainstream movies bring to the table. 

Angel also appears topless in several scenes, with only her long, blonde hair covering her secondary sex characteristics. 

Here’s my bottom line: If you’ve seen any of the raunchy Netflix/Amazon Originals, there’s nothing in this that you haven’t seen before.

Also, dudes throw punches, sometimes abusively. Characters die onscreen, sometimes in gristly ways. 

PluggedIn by Focus on the Family does a great job of spelling out the sex scenes, nudity, and violence. If you need to know ahead of time exactly what to expect, then read this review . 

What about trigger warnings for Redeeming Love?  

Um, it will probably trigger any type of traumatic experience you’ve ever had in your life. I’m not sure if there is a trauma it doesn’t include in some way. Even little ol’ me…I suffered from infertility for years, and there were scenes that played that note.

Is Redeeming Love mommy porn?

What’s mommy porn?!?! It’s Fifty Shades of Grey . It’s Game of Thrones . (At least, I think it is…I haven’t watched or read either myself, just rumors, lol!) It’s when a mainstream book or show—the kind you can read in public and discuss with your coworkers—displays explicit sex acts for the purpose of getting the average person all steamed up. It’s porn that’s “fine” for even a mom to watch on a Saturday night with other moms. 

No, Redeeming Love is not mommy porn. 

In fact, it’s a great romance to get back into reading , especially if you’ve been in a slump and need something inspiring.

Where can I watch Redeeming Love movie?

At the moment, it’s only available to watch in theaters, but it’ll be available to stream no doubt. Since it’s a Universal picture, I read that Peacock will likely be the first platform to offer streaming.

What about you?

What did you think of the Redeeming Love movie? Drop me a comment 👇👇 with your thoughts. I love to talk books (and screen adaptations). 

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The Redemption of Redeeming Love: A Movie Review and Marketplace History

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And let me tell you, the reviews do not disappoint.

Christian romance novels have always baffled critics. With kitschy plots, overly intense themes, overly beautiful characters, and happy endings, Christian romance novels have been relegated to the sidelines of intellectual thought. But without fail, every time a new film adaptation is released, reviewers are once again shocked with the popularity of Christian fiction romance. The 2022 release of Redeeming Love, adapted from Francine River’s novel of the same name, is no exception. With incredibly high audience success (95% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 500+ reviews) and incredibly low critic response, (12% Tomatometer on Rotten Tomato), there is a clear disparity in consumer and critic perception of the film.

Honestly, if you are having a bad day, read through reviews of Redeeming Love. Here are a few personal favorites:

  • Redeeming Love is like the most expensive community theatre production you’ve ever seen. The acting is just not there…” “A Hallmark movie with a major dose of God thrown in, I’m sure there’s an audience out there for Redeeming Love . After all, 3 million people who bought the book can’t be wrong (they can, it’s trash). Think Little House on the Prairie on Cialis. If you think this film is right for you, ask your preacher if your heart is healthy enough for sex because, madame, this movie might make your blood pressure rise. Side effects may include headache, upset stomach, and the vapors.” ( Austin Chronicle )
  • The critics are reacting to a story they don’t understand. So, let them rant and rave. Just pay them no heed. I am one such fan. A friend in college recommended the book to me, and I was instantly hooked. That book turned my world-weary icy aura into an emotional blubbering mess. Any story that can do that has my full attention. That was sixteen years ago, and it is still so ingrained in my heart that I was able to recognize the story in an instant when the trailer first dropped. ( Hollywood Jesus )
  • If you or a loved one live in one of those parts of the US where the wind chills are presently subzero — or even where COVID-19 cases are surging — and you ventured out to see the dismal Redeeming Love, you should be entitled to compensation. Or at least a free ticket voucher for your next, hopefully, more enjoyable outing ( Influx Magazine )
  • Given the choice between watching pigs eat my legs and watching this movie again, I’ll pour barbecue sauce on my shoes myself ( Parent Previews )
  • Redeeming Love captures the beautiful story of what unconditional love truly looks like, especially when our sins may be too difficult for us to bear . Unfortunately, this poignant portrait of unconditional love also strays repeatedly into such provocative images that it might cause some who wrestle with pornography or sexual sin to stumble themselves. ( Plugged In )
  • …both Christians and non-Christians alike will flock to the theaters to see Redeeming Love … It will sell out in the theaters and top the box office charts … It will win awards and become a classic favorite. ( Sharon Wilharm )

With reviews ranging from an immediate classic and must-see movie to a community theatre production whose viewers are entitled to compensation, Redeeming Love has baffled reviewers. Confusion does not fall on the gender line, or even in the separation between sacred and secular.

Rather, the clearest separation between positive and negative responses to the movie lies in the insider understanding of the novel and its audience.  Which raises the questions, who is the intended audience, and what are the themes that baffle critics?

History of the Christian Romance Marketplace

While Christian fiction romance novels are not a new phenomenon, the current version of evangelical romance begins with the rise of neo-evangelicals in the 1960s and the rise of Billy Graham. Authors like Eugenia Price (1965) and Catherine Marshall navigated the rise of the evangelical print media, establishing a place for women in public leadership through the marketplace. Catherine Marshall’s Christy (1967) offered a deep story of faith and culture in Appalachia for its evangelical audience, and the book spent thirty-eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

While notable, a separate marketplace of Christian romance did not truly occur until the 1980s, due to an increase in explicit sexuality in the romance novel market (Dell’s book line Ecstasy, Harlequin’s Temptation, Silhouette’s Desire). Christian Female readers revolted, writing letters to Christian publishers asking for Christian romance novels with less sexuality (Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Bethany House, Multnomah). [8] An outcome of this cry was Janette Oke’s popular series Love Comes Softly (1979) and Beverly Lewis’s The Shunning (1997), both of which were discovered by editor Carol Johnson (Bethany House).

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If the themes Redeeming Love seem a little too sexual for the intended evangelical women’s audience, the marketplace transition from secular to sacred may offer the answer. As women transitioned from “mommy porn” to “Life-changing fiction” alongside Rivers, the themes would not have come as a surprise. ( Karen Kingsbury is one such woman, who, inspired by Rivers, became an author of Christian Fiction.)

Redeeming Themes

What story is the Redeeming Love movie telling?

Redeeming Love (2022) opens with William Shakespeare’s phrase, “All that glitters is not gold,” and pans (pun intended) to a group of dirty prospectors searching for gold in the California Gold Rush (1835-1855). This contrast between glitter and gold is a symbolic theme throughout the rest of the film carefully adapted from Rivers’ novel. Based on the book of Hosea, this film tells the story of Angel, a prostitute in Pair-a-Dice, who finds the redeeming love of God through Michael Hosea, a Christian farmer who was told by God to marry Angel.

The movie does not shy away from the difficult themes within the novel, nor does it hesitate to offer graphic visuals. Addressing abuse, prostitution, infidelity, rape, incest, child molestation, grooming, murder, sex, and abortion within the film, Redeeming Love is incredibly deserving of its PG-13 rating.

But no one who read the novel should be surprised.

In fact, Francine River’s novel is much more sexually explicit (the 1997 “redeemed” version, let alone the original 1991 version). Michael Hosea became a much softer character in the movie version: less likely to have angry or violent fits, force Angel to follow his will, or bring her to his home without her consent. (The scene where he takes Angel to see the sunrise is Michael forcibly ripping a naked and scared Angel out of bed without her consent. Likewise, the chasing scenes when she leaves are not sweet, more frequent, and with less choice to return on Angel’s part.) The sex scenes are also remarkably toned down and less frequent. (While Angel’s apparent orgasm may seem graphic in the movie, in the book, Michael forces Angel to call his name repeatedly during the first time they have sex. When Angel refuses, he loses his temper.) Angel’s overabundant misery is decreased in the film version, leaving out instances of Angel’s abuse by various people (including being abandoned by her nanny as the nanny goes off and has sex).

While Christianity is at the center of the film, as it is based on the book of Hosea, this has also been toned down in the film. Conversion experiences are replaced with religious symbols like crosses and church buildings, and redemptive salvation becomes the pursuit of belief.

What Does This Mean

Redeeming Love should be jarring.

The graphic themes and sexuality reasonably shock critics who struggle to understand both the themes and the intended audience. But after looking at the long history of the Christian romance marketplace, the high audience ratings should also not be surprising. As a toned-down version of mommy-porn, Redeeming Love offers a “cleaner” version of well-loved romance novels to its female audience.

But while Redeeming Love addresses some difficult themes in women’s lives and offers the hope of redemption to all, it does brush some problematic behaviors under the rug. Its Biblical tie-in can lead to problematic conclusions about abuse and consent that should not exist in understandings of marriage, or, more importantly, in pictures of God’s redeeming love. Portraying Michael Hosea in a God-like role allows a man with sexual desires and a temper to be seen as a redeemer of a fallen woman: a broken man whose actions stand above reproach or correction.

I am not quite sure that redemption has saved Redeeming Love .

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10 great Netflix movies to watch on Valentine’s Day

Jason Struss

Cupid’s arrow has fianlly pierced the February calendar, and like every year, the 14th is the day for romantics and lovers. Valentine’s Day is here, and people usually celebrate by going out to dinner, bringing flowers or candy home to their beloved, or, if you’re single, by ignoring the holiday altogether.

No Hard Feelings (2023)

Happiness for beginners (2023), maestro (2023).

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Love and Monsters (2020)

May december (2023), plus one (2019), do revenge (2022), carol (2015).

  • My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Regardless if you’re in a relationship or experiencing the bliss of being unpartnered, there’s one way to celebrate that is guaranteed to bring you or someone else pleasure: watching movies. Netflix has a lot of them (haven’t you heard?), and here are 10 films, from obvious rom-coms to sci-fi movies, that are great to watch on Valentine’s Day.

Rom-coms staged a bit of a comeback in 2023 with the success of Anyone But You , but there was one movie that was released in the summer that ranks as one of the best: No Hard Feelings . The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as Maddie Barker, a woman who is in a crisis: she’s about to lose her car and home. Her relationships are a mess, and her bank account is nearing zero.

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It’s no surprise that Maddie accepts an odd job from Laird (Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick) and Allison Becker (Broadway star Laura Benanti). If Maddie can sleep with their virgin son, Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman), and bring him out of his shell before he goes off to college,  then she can earn enough money to save her home and get her life back together. The only hiccup is that Percy doesn’t want to be seduced and, unlike every other male teenager his age, cares more about getting to know her than sleeping with her.

Now, here’s a movie that got lost in the many streaming options that clog Netflix’s library, and it’s well worth watching on Valentine’s Day. Happiness for Beginners stars Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ’s Ellie Kemper as Helen, a recent divorcée who doesn’t really know what happiness is at this point in her life. That’s why Helen embarks on a survivalist trip on the Appalachian Trail that caters to beginners. Helen’s looking for something that she can’t quite define.

What she finds is Jake (Luke Grimes), a younger man she has casually known for years through her brother, Duncan (Alexander Koch). Although Helen is initially at odds with Jake, she can’t deny their growing connection even as other people in their lives may keep them apart

Here’s a real-life romance that was anything but traditional. Maestro was written and directed by Bradley Cooper, who cast himself as legendary composer Leonard Bernstein opposite Carey Mulligan as his wife, Felicia Montealegre. Before falling in love with Felicia, Bernstein was in an affair with David Oppenheim (Matt Bomer).

However, Bernstein’s marriage with Felicia doesn’t mean that he plans to give up sleeping with other men. This places an incredible strain on their union, even though the love between Bernstein and Felicia is never in doubt.

It’s Complicated (2009)

Never has a movie title been more accurate than It’s Complicated . Successful baker Grace Adler (Meryl Streep) is facing an empty nest, so it’s understandable that on the eve of her son’s graduation, she falls back into the arms of her ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin). Sounds simple, right? Well, Jake is married, and Grace is also attracted to her architect, Adam (Steve Martin).

It’s Complicated is a breeze to watch, partly due to its charming leads, who all are having a ball falling in and out of bed with one another, and the glossy visuals. Never has a bathtub or buttered croissant been so lovingly photographed on film, and by the end, the true romance is between you and Grace’s fabulous kitchen.

Want a love story with a heavy dose of sci-fi and charm? Then Love and Monsters is for you. The Maze Runner ’s Dylan O’Brien stars as Joel, one of the survivors of an apocalyptic event that left Earth overrun by giant monsters. Before the world went to hell, Joel (O’Brien) was deeply in love with Aimee ( Glass Onion ‘s Jessica Henwick), but they’ve been separated for seven years because it isn’t safe to travel on the surface.

When Joel becomes fed up with himself for feeling useless, he decides to risk everything by leaving the safety of his colony behind so he can reunite with Aimee. Does he get the girl in the end? You’ll have to watch to find out.

This isn’t a typical love story by any means; in some ways, it’s the opposite. But May December is such a good movie, it’s appropriate to watch on any day of the year. Decades ago, Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Julianne Moore) was sentenced to prison for seducing Joe Yoo ( Riverdale’ s Charles Melton) when he was a child, before marrying him when she was released. In May December , Gracie and Joe believe they can repair the damage to their reputations because a movie is being made about their lives.

Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman), the actress hired to portray Gracie, has other ideas. She’s less interested in redeeming the Yoos than in completely immersing herself in their lives to craft a better performance. May December  is disturbing, but in a way that’s more enthralling than unpleasant. None of these people are role models, but they are fascinating to watch.

Stop what you are doing and go watch the most underrated rom-com of the last five years, Plus One . College friends Ben King (Jack Quaid) and Alice Mori ( Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s Maya Erskine ) have reached the stage when their weekend plans revolve around weddings. Yet, wedding season is tough without a date. Ben, an optimist who believes in finding the perfect match, and Alice, a recent victim of a breakup, do not want to attend weddings single.

After discussing their problems, Ben and Alice agree to be each other’s plus-one at their weddings over the summer. Alice will help introduce Ben to girls while Ben attempts to get Alice over her breakup. The movie is worth watching solely due to Quaid and Erskine, who share incredible chemistry together.

This movie isn’t a love story, but what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by watching an entertaining tale of getting even with an ex? Camila Mendes and Stranger Things Volume 4 star Maya Hawke star in the colorful and brightly funny teen revenge comedy Do Revenge . The plot centers on two teenage girls — one popular, the other an outcast — who join forces to get revenge on each other’s enemies.

Loosely inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train , Do Revenge isn’t a masterpiece, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s pure fun, and a great way for single people to spend the holiday.

Tár actress Cate Blanchett and The Girl with the Dragon tattoo star Rooney Mara healine Todd Haynes’ acclaimed romantic drama Carol , one of the most romantic movies made in the last decade. The film chronicles the forbidden love affair between a young and aspiring photographer and a wealthy older woman going through a difficult divorce in 1950s New York.

The key to Carol ‘s success is its central love story, which is believable without being too sentimental. The movie earned six Oscar nominations, with both Blanchett and Mara getting singled out for praise. It makes sense, as the two are dynamite in this film, and give their best performances ever.

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

If you have to watch one rom-com this Valentine’s Day, let it be this one. Julia Roberts is both the hero and the villain in My Best Friend’s Wedding , a unique take on a classic narrative where the girl wants the boy even though he’s engaged to someone else. Whoops. Roberts’ Julianne Potter tries to stop her best friend, Michael O’Neal ( Scream VI ‘s Dermot Mulroney), from marrying the sweet Kimmy Wallace (Cameron Diaz) even though they are seemingly perfect for each other. What’s a woman to do? Why, break them up, of course.

My Best Friend’s Wedding is still a great watch today because it isn’t afraid to get a little mean. Roberts does some pretty morally questionable things, but her actions are somewhat justifiable. It’s also the rare rom-com that is realistic about how love works and how, sometimes, it’s better that you don’t get what your heart desires.

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Valentine's Day is here and it's usually the time for couples to act obnoxiously in public by showcasing their love for one another. A great way to avoid that public spectacle while still celebrating the holiday is to stay in and watch a movie or two.

There are just some things that go well with Valentine's Day: chocolate, flowers, a nice dinner, long walks outside, and maybe a nice card from a loved one. For couples, singles, and maybe a few lovelorn pets out there, one thing is perfect to do on the made-up holiday: watch TV.

Netflix is just the streamer to access some great shows to watch on Valentine's Day. Digital Trends has selected three of the very best, from a sequel series to a beloved late 1990s show to an animated remake of one of the coolest movies ever made. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)

When we think of romantic movies, we typically think of traditional romances told in very narrow terms: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy must win girl back. The last couple of decades have loosened those definitions a bit, so now a boy can meet a boy, a girl can lose a girl, and a non-binary person can try to win back another who doesn't identify on any scale. Yet, while the players may change, the game stays relatively the same; traditional narratives are reinforced, and these plots must have dramatic climaxes to wrap things up.

The Taste of Things is a different kind of romantic movie. It doesn't rely on an "idiot plot" to move things along; in fact, it really doesn't have a plot at all. Instead, it's one of the few movies to let its characters exist and do their thing, which, in this case, is cooking. Food is the central thing in The Taste of Things; it's what drives the two leads and defines their love for one another. Here are three reasons why you should do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and watch this movie. The film is about three different kinds of love

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Posted: January 4, 2024 | Last updated: January 4, 2024

<p><span>When it comes to determining the worst movie of all time, it’s a hard question to answer. Instead, we’ll </span><span>review the past 50-plus years of cinema to narrow it down. </span></p> <p><span>From </span><em>Santa Claus Conquers the Martians</em> to <span><em>Howard the Duck</em></span><em><span>,</span></em><span> there have been a ton of bad movies made. This worst movie list features an annual countdown of the last five decades of poor production and bad acting. Ready to see what favorite cult classics might appear? We’ll start with the 2020s and work back in time.</span></p>

When it comes to determining the worst movie of all time, it’s a hard question to answer. Instead, we’ll review the past 50-plus years of cinema to narrow it down. 

From  Santa Claus Conquers the Martians to  Howard the Duck , there have been a ton of bad movies made. This worst movie list features an annual countdown of the last five decades of poor production and bad acting. Ready to see what favorite cult classics might appear? We’ll start with the 2020s and work back in time.

<p>When the <em>Winnie-the-Pooh </em>books entered the public domain, there was interest in the British indie horror film starring the titular character as the villain. That interest helped expand to a worldwide theatrical release, but like other movies that the internet hypes up (looking at you, <em>Snakes on a Plane</em>), there was no way for this to meet expectations. </p><p>While it wasn’t the worst-reviewed film of 2023, it is certainly one of the most overhyped and disappointing movies, which is why it ends up on our list. </p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2023:</strong> <em>80 For Brady, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, and Expend4bles</em>.</p>

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)

When the  Winnie-the-Pooh  books entered the public domain, there was interest in the British indie horror film starring the titular character as the villain. That interest helped expand to a worldwide theatrical release, but like other movies that the internet hypes up (looking at you, Snakes on a Plane ), there was no way for this to meet expectations. 

While it wasn’t the worst-reviewed film of 2023, it is certainly one of the most overhyped and disappointing movies, which is why it ends up on our list. 

Honorable Mentions 2023:   80 For Brady, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, and Expend4bles .

<p>Already one of the worst movies of all time, <em>365 Days</em> is a Polish erotic thriller that has hijacked plotlines from the <em>Fifty Shades of Grey </em>Trilogy and did not improve upon them. The plot involves a Sicilian mafia boss (Michele Morrone) imprisoning and raping a young woman from Warsaw (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) under the premise of her falling in love with him in 365 Days.</p> <p>Within 15 minutes of the movie, there are graphic and <a href="https://www.ladies-who-launch.com/post/netflixs365days" rel="noopener">disturbing scenarios</a> of sexual assault. It is close to two hours of romanticized rape played off as soft porn, a hard pass. There is a reason it is at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2022:</strong> <em>Morbius, The Bubble, and Redeeming Love.</em></p>

365 Days (2022)

Already one of the worst movies of all time,  365 Days is a Polish thriller that has hijacked plotlines from the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy and did not improve upon them. The plot involves a Sicilian mafia boss (Michele Morrone) imprisoning a young woman from Warsaw (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) under the premise of her falling in love with him in 365 Days.

Within 15 minutes of the movie, there are graphic and disturbing scenarios. It is close to two hours of romanticized assault, earning it a hard pass from many viewers. There is a reason it is at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Honorable Mentions 2022:   Morbius, The Bubble, and Redeeming Love.

<p>Ruby Rose (Victoria) plays caretaker to Damon (Morgan Freeman), a disabled and retired cop bound to his wheelchair. Unfortunately, the writers were lazy about character development and instantly dived into the story's terrible premise.</p> <p>Damon forces Victoria to collect bags of money for him in a single night by holding her daughter hostage. The movie is so awful that it earned Ruby Rose a Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) nomination for Worst Actress.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2021:</strong> <em>Thunder Force, <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/m-night-shyamalan-films-ranked/" rel="noopener">Old</a>, and Space Jam: A New Legacy.</em></p>

Vanquish (2021)

Ruby Rose (Victoria) plays caretaker to Damon (Morgan Freeman), a disabled and retired cop bound to his wheelchair. Unfortunately, the writers were lazy about character development and instantly dived into the story’s terrible premise.

Damon forces Victoria to collect bags of money for him in a single night by holding her daughter hostage. The movie is so awful that it earned Ruby Rose a Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) nomination for Worst Actress.

Honorable Mentions 2021:   Thunder Force, Old, and Space Jam: A New Legacy.

<p>Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini's 2009 graphic novel The Last Days of American Crimes is what inspired the film of the same name. A sci-fi/heist mashup with a weak storyline and excessive violence.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the timing of the release coincided with the murder of George Floyd. So due to the film's graphic depictions of violence and police brutality, it sits at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2020:</strong> <em>Dolittle, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, and Songbird.</em></p>

The Last Days of American Crimes (2020)

Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s 2009 graphic novel  The Last Days of American Crimes inspired the film of the same name—a sci-fi/heist mashup with a weak storyline and excessive violence.

Unfortunately, the timing of the release coincided with the murder of George Floyd. So due to the film’s graphic depictions of violence and police brutality, it sits at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Honorable Mentions 2020:   Dolittle, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, and Songbird.

<p><em>Cats</em> bombed at the box office as one of the worst films of all time. With an estimated budget between $80-100 million, <em>Cats</em>‘ office gross was only $75 million.</p> <p>It features an all-star cast <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/top-13-movies-and-shows-for-taylor-swift-fans/" rel="noopener">including Taylor Swift</a>, <a href="https://captionsnation.com/idris-elba-net-worth/" rel="noopener">Idris Elba</a>, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Judi Dench, James Corden, Ian McKellen, and Francesca Hayward. However, audiences and critics highly criticized the visual effects and editing.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2019:</strong> <em>Yesterday, Loqueesha, and Men in Black: International.</em></p>

Cats (2019)

Cats bombed at the box office as one of the worst films ever. With an estimated budget between $80-100 million,  Cats ‘ office gross was only $75 million.

It features an all-star cast including Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Judi Dench, James Corden, Ian McKellen, and Francesca Hayward. However, audiences and critics highly criticized the visual effects and editing.

Honorable Mentions 2019:   Yesterday, Loqueesha, and Men in Black: International.

<p>An internet-sensationalized creepypasta, <em>Slender Man</em>, is a fictional ghoul who stalks, abducts, and murders children. By his depictions, he is an abnormally tall and eerily thin man whose Hollywood debut fell short, only grossing $52 million worldwide.</p> <p>Jaz Sinclair's ghastly performance earned her a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress. Distributed by Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Releasing, <em>Slender Man</em> is a dud.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2018:</strong> <em>Robin Hood, 211, and Fifty Shades Freed.</em></p>

Slender Man (2018)

An internet-sensationalized creepypasta,  Slender Man , is a fictional ghoul who stalks, abducts, and murders children. By his depictions, he is an abnormally tall and eerily thin man whose Hollywood debut fell short, only grossing $52 million worldwide.

Jaz Sinclair’s ghastly performance earned her a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress. Distributed by Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Releasing,  Slender Man  is a dud.

Honorable Mentions 2018:   Robin Hood, 211, and Fifty Shades Freed.

<p>This box office action-comedy does not deliver laughs despite an ensemble of Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Tommy Lee Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, and Glenne Head.</p> <p>A personal feud between an ex-FBI agent and former mob lawyer gets set aside when the mafia attempts to kill them, and the supporting cast cannot save it. As a result, <em>Just Getting Started</em> only grossed $7 million and had a budget of $22 million, making this a significant box office flop.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2017:</strong> <em>The Emoji Movie, Rings, and Baywatch.</em></p>

Just Getting Started (2017)

This box office action-comedy does not deliver laughs despite an ensemble of Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Tommy Lee Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, and Glenne Head.

A personal feud between an ex-FBI agent and a former mob lawyer gets set aside when the mafia attempts to kill them, and the supporting cast cannot save it. As a result, Just Getting Started  only grossed $7 million and had a budget of $22 million, making this a significant box office flop.

Honorable Mentions 2017:   The Emoji Movie, Rings, and Baywatch.

<p><em>Cabin Fever</em> (2016) is the fourth installment of the series and one of the worst movies of all time. It is comfortable sitting at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critic’s consensus reads, “No need for a quarantine — enthusiasm for this inert remake is not contagious.” Five friends meet a flesh-eating virus without the success of its 2002 predecessor—the End.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2016:</strong> <em>Independence Day: Resurgence, Nina, and Mother’s Day.</em></p>

Cabin Fever (2016)

Cabin Fever  (2016) is the fourth installment of the series and one of the worst movies of all time. It is comfortable sitting at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critic’s consensus reads, “No need for a quarantine — enthusiasm for this inert remake is not contagious.” Five friends meet a flesh-eating virus without the success of its 2002 predecessor—the End.

Honorable Mentions 2016:   Independence Day: Resurgence, Nina, and Mother’s Day.

<p><em>The Ridiculous Six</em> is not the first <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/best-adam-sandler-movies/" rel="noopener">Adam Sandler movie</a> to tank, but it is only one of the forty-one films with a 0% Rotten Tomato rating (as of 2022). Furthermore, it is Adam Sandler's first (hopefully last) Western.</p> <p>The storyline includes six men (Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, and Luke Wilson) who discover that they share the same bank-robbing father (Nick Nolte) and go on a journey to reunite with him. Unfortunately, it comes complete with outdated stereotypes and racist jokes.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2015</strong>: <em>Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, The Human Centipede III, and Hot Tub Machine 2.</em></p>

The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

The Ridiculous Six  is not the first Adam Sandler movie to tank, but it is only one of the forty-one films with a 0% Rotten Tomato rating (as of 2022). Furthermore, it is Adam Sandler’s first (hopefully last) Western.

The storyline includes six men (Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, and Luke Wilson) who discover that they share the same bank-robbing father (Nick Nolte) and go on a journey to reunite with him. Unfortunately, it comes complete with outdated stereotypes and racist jokes.

Honorable Mentions 2015 :  Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, The Human Centipede III, and Hot Tub Machine 2.

<p>The apocalyptic thriller, <em>Left Behind </em>showcases the perspective of one family living in an evangelical nightmare. An airline pilot (<a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/where-to-stream-best-nicolas-cage-movies/">Nicolas Cage</a>) and the rest of the world witness the rapture when millions of people suddenly disappear, including his wife and son.</p> <p>However, his older daughter (Cassie Thomson) is also left behind, and they set out to determine what is happening. A more disaster-film-oriented take than the film it's remaking or the best-selling book series both are allegedly based on, the movie sets up the series for a not very anticipated sequel, <em>Left Behind: Rise of the AntiChrist</em> (October 2022).</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2014:</strong> <em>Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas, and The Legend of Hercules.</em></p>

Left Behind (2014)

The apocalyptic thriller Left Behind  showcases the perspective of one family living in an evangelical nightmare. An airline pilot (Nicolas Cage) and the rest of the world witness the rapture when millions of people suddenly disappear, including his wife and son.

ever, his older daughter (Cassie Thomson) is also left behind, and they set out to determine what is happening. This is a more disaster-film-oriented take than the film it’s remaking of the best-selling book series both are allegedly based on. The movie sets up the series for a not-very-anticipated sequel, Left Behind: Rise of the AntiChrist (October 2022).

Honorable Mentions 2014:   Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, and The Legend of Hercules.

<p>Starring John Travolta as <em>Gotti</em>, alongside Kelly Preston (his real-life wife) as Victoria, <em>Gotti</em> is an American biographical film about the infamous <a href="https://karpiakcaravan.com/things-to-do-in-new-york-city/" rel="noopener">New York City</a> mobster Gotti and his reign of crime.</p> <p>However, critics regard it as one of the worst movies of all time. Unfortunately, with a $10 million production budget, the movie only grossed $6 million, making it a total bust.</p> <p>In addition, it holds a place at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and received universally negative reviews. Travolta has seven movie positions out of the 41 spots on Rotten Tomatoes' 0% list! Yikes.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2013:</strong> <em>Grown Ups 2, Scary Movie 5, and Movie 43.</em></p>

Gotti (2018)

Starring John Travolta as Gotti , alongside Kelly Preston (his real-life wife) as Victoria,  Gotti  is an American biographical film about the infamous New York City mobster Gotti and his reign of crime.

However, critics regard it as one of the worst movies of all time. Unfortunately, with a $10 million production budget, the movie only grossed $6 million, making it a total bust.

In addition, it holds a place at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and received universally negative reviews. Travolta has seven movie positions out of the 41 spots on Rotten Tomatoes’ 0% list! Yikes.

Honorable Mentions 2013:   Grown Ups 2, Scary Movie 5, and Movie 43.

<p>The comedy-drama film <em>A Thousand Words</em> starring Eddie Murphy was released four years after filming and bombed at the box office.</p><p>Murphy plays Jack McCall, a self-absorbed literary agent who does not bother to read books and finds himself in a predicament that limits the number of words he can speak or write. The movie’s first half delivers some laughs but quickly fizzles during the second stretch.</p><p>Banking on a $40 million production budget, <em>A Thousand Words</em> grossed a dismal $22 million. Despite sitting at a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences share mixed reviews.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2012:</strong> <em>Battleship, One for the Money, The Babymakers.</em></p>

A Thousand Words (2012)

The comedy-drama film  A Thousand Words starring Eddie Murphy was released four years after filming and bombed at the box office.

Murphy plays Jack McCall, a self-absorbed literary agent who does not bother to read books and finds himself in a predicament that limits the number of words he can speak or write. The movie’s first half delivers some laughs but quickly fizzles during the second stretch.

Banking on a $40 million production budget,  A Thousand Words  grossed a dismal $22 million. Despite sitting at a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences share mixed reviews.

Honorable Mentions 2012:   Battleship, One for the Money, The Babymakers.

<p>Columbia Pictures teams up with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions for an epic failure. <em>Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star</em> features Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Stephen Dorff, and Don Johnson.</p> <p>The plot involves an obnoxiously loud man child (Swardson) who wants to follow in his porn star parent's footsteps-hoping to become the biggest adult-film star in the world.</p> <p>It received 3% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned a Moldy Tomato Award. Furthermore, Metacritic gave it a 9 out of 100, making this the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucky_Larson:_Born_to_Be_a_Star" rel="noopener">worst-reviewed movie</a> release of 2011.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2011:</strong> <em>Jack and Jill, Shark Night 3D, Apollo 18.</em></p>

Bucky Larson: Born To Be a Star (2011)

Columbia Pictures teams up with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions for an epic failure.  Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star  features Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Stephen Dorff, and Don Johnson.

The plot involves an obnoxiously loud man-child (Swardson) who wants to follow in his parent’s footsteps—hoping to become the biggest adult film star in the world.

It received 3% on Rotten Tomatoes and earned a Moldy Tomato Award. Furthermore, Metacritic gave it a 9 out of 100, making this the worst-reviewed movie release of 2011.

Honorable Mentions 2011:   Jack and Jill, Shark Night 3D, Apollo 18.

<p>M. Night Shyamalan’s <em>The Last Airbender</em> is one of the worst movies of all time, and it did not have to be. The movie is based on the fantastic Nickelodeon animated television series but is a cinematic disaster.</p><p>Nevertheless, it received several accolades, including awards for Worst Picture of the Year, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D. The defense rests.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2010:</strong> <em> Stolen, Marmaduke, and Furry Vengeance.</em></p>

The Last Airbender (2010)

M. Night Shyamalan’s  The Last Airbender  is one of the worst movies of all time, and it did not have to be. The movie is based on the fantastic Nickelodeon animated television series but is a cinematic disaster.

Nevertheless, it received several accolades, including awards for Worst Picture of the Year, Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3D. The defense rests.

Honorable Mentions 2010:  Stolen, Marmaduke, and Furry Vengeance.

<p>It is terrible when <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/best-sandra-bullock-movies/" rel="noopener">Sandra Bullock</a> cannot save this 20th Century Fox bust. <em>All About Steve</em> co-stars Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, and Bradley Cooper as Steve.</p> <p>The reviews are so awful that this could be <a href="https://captionsnation.com/sandra-bullock/" rel="nofollow noopener">Sandra Bullock</a>‘s worst film, which is a tragedy considering the disaster that is <em>Miss Congeniality 2</em>. Nevertheless, <em>All About Steve</em> ultimately won two Razzies for Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2009:</strong> <em>Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Dragonball Evolution, and I Love You, Beth Cooper.</em></p>

All About Steve (2009)

It is terrible when Sandra Bullock cannot save this 20th Century Fox bust.  All About Steve  co-stars Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, and Bradley Cooper as Steve.

The reviews are so awful that this could be Sandra Bullock’s worst film, which is a tragedy considering the disaster that is  Miss Congeniality 2 . Nevertheless, All About Steve  ultimately won two Razzies for Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple.

Honorable Mentions 2009:   Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Dragonball Evolution, and I Love You, Beth Cooper.

<p>The film <em>Disaster Movie</em> is one of the worst movies ever. It is an American parody comedy that is stupid and not funny at all. It includes B-list star Carmen Electra (Scary Movie Franchise) and Matt Lanter (<a title="Star Wars" href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/fandoms/star-wars/">Star Wars</a> Mandalorian).</p> <p>In addition, this is <a href="https://captionsnation.com/kim-kardashian/" rel="noopener">Kim Kardashian's</a> big film debut, and it blew. This pop culture disaster was so terrible that it was nominated for six Razzies and could not even bring one of them home.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2008:</strong> <em>Beer for My Horses, One Missed Call, and <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/a-grown-ups-guide-to-indiana-jones/">Indiana Jones</a> and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.</em></p>

Disaster Movie (2008)

The film  Disaster Movie  is one of the worst movies ever. It is an American parody comedy that is stupid and not funny at all. It includes B-list star Carmen Electra (Scary Movie Franchise) and Matt Lanter (Star Wars Mandalorian).

In addition, this is Kim Kardashian’s big film debut, and it blew. This pop culture disaster was so terrible that it was nominated for six Razzies and could not even bring one of them home.

Honorable Mentions 2008:   Beer for My Horses, One Missed Call, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

<p>Image Credit: Yari Film Group / Hi-Def Entertainment<em>Kickin’ it Old Skool</em> is a mess. It follows a young breakdancer who injures himself and slips into a coma in 1986. Then, waking up 20 years later, he solicits the help of his parents and girlfriend to resurrect his breakdancing team.</p><p>Jamie Kennedy stars in it (along with a pre-Noovie Maria Menounos) and incidentally produced the dud. It grossed $4.5 million, which is only a fifth of the production budget.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2007:</strong> <em>Norbit, Good Luck Chuck, and Daddy Day Camp.</em></p>

Kickin’ It Old Skool (2007)

Image Credit: Yari Film Group / Hi-Def Entertainment Kickin’ it Old Skool  is a mess. It follows a young breakdancer who injures himself and slips into a coma in 1986. Then, waking up 20 years later, he solicits the help of his parents and girlfriend to resurrect his breakdancing team.

Jamie Kennedy stars in it (along with a pre-Noovie Maria Menounos) and incidentally produced the dud. It grossed $4.5 million, which is only a fifth of the production budget.

Honorable Mentions 2007:   Norbit, Good Luck Chuck, and Daddy Day Camp.

<p>Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) finds herself in trouble again. Only this time, she is in London. The Greater London’s Metropolitan Police Service appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass (Nick Curran) to evaluate her.</p><p>Naturally, he falls victim to her seductive mind games and psychological warfare. Unfortunately, unlike its 1992 predecessor, <em>Basic Instinct 2</em> was not well received by audiences or critics and was a box office failure.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2006</strong>: <em>Lady in the Water, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.</em></p>

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)

Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) finds herself in trouble again. Only this time, she is in London. The Greater London Metropolitan Police Service appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass (Nick Curran) to evaluate her.

Naturally, he falls victim to her seductive mind games and psychological warfare. Unfortunately, unlike its 1992 predecessor,  Basic Instinct 2  was not well received by audiences or critics and was a box office failure.

Honorable Mentions 2006 :  Lady in the Water, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.

<p><em>The Mask</em> without <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/review-sonic-the-hedgehog-ben-schwartz-jim-carrey/">Jim Carrey</a> is the first insult to this monstrosity of a sequel called <em>Son of the Mask</em>. The film stars Jamie Kennedy as an aspiring animator from Fringe City whose kid is born with the powers of the Mask.</p> <p>It is a sequel to The Mask (1994) and is an adaptation of the hilarious comic from Dark Horse. Unfortunately, with only grossing $59.9 million against its $80-100 million budget, this movie is another Jamie Kennedy flop.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2005:</strong> <em>Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, and BloodRayne.</em></p>

Son of the Mask (2005)

The Mask without Jim Carrey is the first insult to this monstrosity of a sequel called  Son of the Mask . The film stars Jamie Kennedy as an aspiring animator from Fringe City whose kid is born with the powers of the Mask.

It is a sequel to The Mask (1994) and is an adaptation of the hilarious comic from Dark Horse. Unfortunately, with only grossing $59.9 million against its $80-100 million budget, this movie is another Jamie Kennedy flop.

Honorable Mentions 2005:   Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, and BloodRayne.

<p><em>Catwoman</em> is one of the worst movies of all time, no contest. Halle Berry disappoints with a mediocre take on D.C.s savage kitty-kitty. The plot centers on Patience Phillips (Berry), a designer who identifies a conspiracy involving a dangerous product in the cosmetics company she works with that will cause health destruction.</p> <p>After her conspirators find and murder her, Egyptian cats revive her, and she becomes a crime-fighting superheroine. Becoming <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/best-zoe-kravitz-movies-the-batman/" rel="noopener"><em>Catwoman</em></a> came with cat-like abilities and a sexy prowling black leotard, but the audience did not meow.</p> <p>Unfortunately, not even Benjamin Bratt (love interest) could save this snowballing disaster. As a result, the <em>Catwoman</em> box office only grossed $82 million of the $100 million budget.</p> <p>Additionally, the movie received seven nominations for Razzies and took four home; Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Picture, and Worst Actress.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2004</strong>: <em>Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, The Whole 10 Yards, and Seed of Chucky.</em></p>

Catwoman (2004)

Catwoman is one of the worst movies of all time, no contest. Halle Berry disappoints with a mediocre take on D.C.’s savage kitty-kitty. The plot centers on Patience Phillips (Berry), a designer who identifies a conspiracy involving a dangerous product in the cosmetics company she works with that will cause health destruction.

After her conspirators find and murder her, Egyptian cats revive her, and she becomes a crime-fighting superheroine. Becoming Catwoman came with cat-like abilities and a cute black leotard, but the audience did not meow.

Unfortunately, not even Benjamin Bratt (love interest) could save this disaster. As a result, the Catwoman  box office only grossed $82 million of the $100 million budget.

Additionally, the movie received seven nominations for Razzies and took four home; Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Picture, and Worst Actress.

Honorable Mentions 2004 :  Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, The Whole 10 Yards, and Seed of Chucky.

<p>American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and Idol finalist Justin Guarini star in a romantic musical comedy that is seriously lacking. A waitress from Texas (Clarkson) and a college student (Guarini) from Pennsylvania get together on Spring Break and fall in love over their affinity for singing.</p><p>It is honored by the first Worst Musical from the Golden Raspberry Awards. The movie, <em>From Justin to Kelly</em>, is another 20th Century Fox production mishap of talent better left on the Idol stage.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2003:</strong> <em>Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Gigli, and Boat Trip.</em></p>

From Justin to Kelly (2003)

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and Idol finalist Justin Guarini star in a romantic musical comedy that is seriously lacking. A waitress from Texas (Clarkson) and a college student (Guarini) from Pennsylvania get together on Spring Break and fall in love over their affinity for singing.

It is honored by the first Worst Musical from the Golden Raspberry Awards. The movie,  From Justin to Kelly , is another 20th Century Fox production mishap of talent better left on the Idol stage.

Honorable Mentions 2003:   Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Gigli, and Boat Trip.

<p>The 2002 film <em>Pinocchio</em> deservingly sits at 0% on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes. The critic’s consensus is that “Roberto Benigni misfires wildly with this adaptation of <em>Pinocchio</em>, and the result is an unfunny, poorly-made, creepy vanity project.”</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2002:</strong> <em>Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, The Master of Disguise, and Rollerball.</em></p>

Pinocchio (2002)

The 2002 film Pinocchio deservingly sits at 0% on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes. The critic’s consensus is that “Roberto Benigni misfires wildly with this adaptation of Pinocchio , and the result is an unfunny, poorly-made, creepy vanity project.”

Honorable Mentions 2002:   Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, The Master of Disguise, and Rollerball.

<p>The producers should have left <em>Glitter</em> in the box. It’s dreadful. Billie Frank (Mariah Carey) plays an aspiring singer who is a club dancer with friends Louise (Da Brat) and Roxanne (Tia Texada). Timothy Walker (Terrence Howard) gives them a contract as backup singers and dancers to a headliner.</p><p>Billie meets Julian “Dice” Black (Max Beesley) and falls in love with him as he helps advance her solo career. But unfortunately, G<em>litter</em> grossed a depressing $5.3 million, proving that all that glitters is not gold.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2001:</strong> <em>Freddy Got Fingered, Corky Romano, and Soul Survivors.</em></p>

Glitter (2001)

The producers should have left Glitter  in the box. It’s dreadful. Billie Frank (Mariah Carey) plays an aspiring singer who is a club dancer with friends Louise (Da Brat) and Roxanne (Tia Texada). Timothy Walker (Terrence Howard) gives them a contract as backup singers and dancers to a headliner.

Billie meets Julian “Dice” Black (Max Beesley) and falls in love with him as he helps advance her solo career. But unfortunately, G litter  grossed a depressing $5.3 million, proving that all that glitters is not gold.

Honorable Mentions 2001:   Freddy Got Fingered, Corky Romano, and Soul Survivors.

<p><em>Battlefield Earth</em> is a science fiction film based on the <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/sci-fi-books-that-all-science-fiction-fans-must-read-in-2022/" rel="noopener">scifi book series</a> written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. At least Travolta made 3% on Rotten Tomatoes for this outer space mishap. Unfortunately, the character development was lacking and writhed with bad acting.</p> <p>In addition, its script, special effects, and musical score received harsh criticism. It took home eight Razzies; ten years later, it won Worst Film of the Decade. It is a vast Warner Bros. misstep.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 2000:</strong> <em>The In Crowd, Bless the Child, and 3 Strikes.</em></p>

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Battlefield Earth is a science fiction film based on the sci-fi book series written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. At least Travolta made 3% on Rotten Tomatoes for this outer space mishap. Unfortunately, the character development was lacking and writhed with bad acting.

In addition, its script, special effects, and musical score received harsh criticism. It took home eight Razzies; ten years later, it won Worst Film of the Decade. It is a vast Warner Bros. misstep.

Honorable Mentions 2000:   The In Crowd, Bless the Child, and 3 Strikes.

<p>Tristar Pictures missed the mark with one of the worst movies of all time, <em>Baby Geniuses</em>, which lacks actual plot and is two hours of babies who act like bad standup comedians telling marginal jokes with minimal laughs.</p> <p>The special effects were nothing special and gave creepy baby vibes. Unfortunately, it amassed a mere $36 million, making it a cinematic flop. Its sequel, <em>Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2</em>, also bombed at the box office and received terrible criticism.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1999:</strong> <em>The Mod Squad, The Omega Code, and <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/pokemon-movies/">Pokemon:</a> The First Movie.</em></p>

Baby Geniuses (1999)

Tristar Pictures missed the mark with one of the worst movies of all time,  Baby Geniuses , which lacks an actual plot and is two hours of babies who act like bad standup comedians telling marginal jokes with minimal laughs.

The special effects were nothing special and gave creepy baby vibes. Unfortunately, it amassed a mere $36 million, making it a cinematic flop. Its sequel,  Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 , also bombed at the box office and received terrible criticism.

Honorable Mentions 1999:   The Mod Squad, The Omega Code, and Pokémon: The First Movie.

<p>Another Warner Bros. mishap, <em>The Avengers</em>, is a spy-based action movie that adapts a British TV series of the same name (a cult 1960s show). Starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as secret agents who battle mad scientist Sir August de Wynter (Sean Connery), determined to control the weather.</p> <p>Jim Broadbent, and the original John Steed, Patrick Macnee, were also cast. Unfortunately, the box office gross was only $55 million against its $60 million budget.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1998:</strong> <em>Blue Brothers 2000, Spice World, and Meet the Deedles.</em></p>

The Avengers (1998)

Another Warner Bros. mishap, The Avengers , is a spy-based action movie that adapts a British TV series of the same name (a cult 1960s show). Starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as secret agents who battle mad scientist Sir August de Wynter (Sean Connery), determined to control the weather.

Jim Broadbent, and the original John Steed, Patrick Macnee, were also cast. Unfortunately, the box office gross was only $55 million against its $60 million budget.

Honorable Mentions 1998:   Blue Brothers 2000, Spice World, and Meet the Deedles.

<p>The Batman and Robin film is the tragic fourth installment of the nineties Batman franchise. It casts George Clooney as Batman, Chris O’Donnell as Robin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Freeze, alongside Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Elle Macpherson.</p><p>Despite the all-star ensemble, Batman and Robin is the lowest-grossing live-action Batman movie ever. In addition, it is so terrible that Warner Bros. canceled further films with director Joel Schumacher. So his planned third movie, <em>Batman Unchained</em>, was never created.</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1997:</strong> <em>Speed 2: Cruise Control, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and Home Alone 3.</em></p>

Batman and Robin (1997)

The Batman and Robin film is the tragic fourth installment of the nineties Batman franchise. It casts George Clooney as Batman, Chris O’Donnell as Robin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Freeze, alongside Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Elle Macpherson.

Despite the all-star ensemble, Batman and Robin is the lowest-grossing live-action Batman movie ever. In addition, it is so terrible that Warner Bros. canceled further films with director Joel Schumacher. So his planned third movie, Batman Unchained , was never created.

Honorable Mentions 1997:   Speed 2: Cruise Control, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and Home Alone 3.

<p>The nineties produced several of the worst movies of all time, including these ten box office bombs disliked by critics.</p>

Bio-Dome (1996)

Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin completely bombed in Bio-Dome . The film centers around two dim-wits who mistake a closed ecological system (Bio-Dome) for a shopping mall when searching for a bathroom.

So they find themselves sealed inside for a year with five Scientists whom they irritate with immature antics and potty humor. It grossed $13 million against its $8.5 million budget. Also, it received a record-low score of 1 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Honorable Mentions 1996 :  Big Bully, Mr. Wrong, and Ed.

<p><em>Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers</em> is one of the worst in the franchise. Six years after the events of <em>Halloween 5</em>, Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield in pursuit of killing his last surviving relatives.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the movie abandoned suspense and intense urgency for a ridiculous plotline involving a villainess Thorn Cult following and less meticulous kills boasting hard-core gore.</p> <p>It is Donald Pleasence's (Dr. Sam Loomis) final film appearance. Unfortunately, he died before the film's release. No doubt, he is a missed veteran of the <em>Halloween</em> franchise.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1995:</strong> <em>Vampire in Brooklyn, Showgirls, and Jury Duty.</em></p>

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers  is one of the worst in the franchise. Six years after the events of  Halloween 5 , Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield in pursuit of killing his last surviving relatives.

Unfortunately, the movie abandoned suspense and intense urgency for a ridiculous plotline involving a villainess Thorn Cult following and less meticulous kills boasting hard-core gore.

It is Donald Pleasence’s (Dr. Sam Loomis) final film appearance. Unfortunately, he died before the film’s release. No doubt, he is a missed veteran of the Halloween franchise.

Honorable Mentions 1995:   Vampire in Brooklyn, Showgirls, and Jury Duty.

<p>Timmy (Macauley Culkin) has lived with his aunt ever since the passing of his mother because Ray (Ted Danson), his father, is a petty thief. However, as Ray plans his final heist, aunty dumps Timmy with him because she needs a break.</p> <p>In a <em>Home Alone</em> fashion, Timmy outsmarts Ray and his partners, swiping the loot and then blackmailing Ray into taking care of him for the week. Unfortunately, it has a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is one of the worst movies of all time.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1994:</strong> <em>The Next <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/sports-films-that-hit-it-out-of-the-park/" rel="noopener">Karate Kid</a>, Major League II, and Car 54, Where Are You?</em></p>

Getting Even With Dad (1994)

Timmy (Macauley Culkin) has lived with his aunt ever since the passing of his mother because Ray (Ted Danson), his father, is a petty thief. However, as Ray plans his final heist, his Aunt dumps Timmy with him because she needs a break.

In a  Home Alone  fashion, Timmy outsmarts Ray and his partners, swiping the loot and then blackmailing Ray into taking care of him for the week. Unfortunately, it has a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is one of the worst movies of all time.

Honorable Mentions 1994:   The Next Karate Kid, Major League II, and Car 54, Where Are You?

<p>One of the most disturbing movies, <em>Boxing Helena</em>, has a sinister and twisted plot. Nick Cavanaugh (Julian Sands) cannot cope with not having Helena (Sherilyn Fenn). So, he kidnaps her after she is injured in a hit-and-run accident outside his home and proceeds to cut her limbs off to hold her forever captive.</p> <p>Nonetheless, do not worry; it is all a dream and a tragically bad movie. The film was a total disaster grossing only $1,796,389 at the box office and receiving terrible reviews.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1993:</strong> <em>Look Who's Talking Now, Indecent Proposal, and <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/review-super-mario-3d-world-bowsers-fury/">Super Mario</a> Bros.</em></p>

Boxing Helena (1993)

One of the most disturbing movies,  Boxing Helena , has a sinister and twisted plot. Nick Cavanaugh (Julian Sands) cannot cope with not having Helena (Sherilyn Fenn). So, he kidnaps her after she is injured in a hit-and-run accident outside his home and proceeds to cut her limbs off to hold her forever captive.

Nonetheless, do not worry; it is all a dream and a tragically bad movie. The film was a total disaster grossing only $1,796,389 at the box office and receiving terrible reviews.

Honorable Mentions 1993:   Look Who’s Talking Now, Indecent Proposal, and Super Mario Bros.

<p><em>Pet Sematary Two</em> is so bad that <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/review-netflixs-in-the-tall-grass-is-in-need-of-a-good-pruning/">Stephen King</a>, author of the novel that shares this sequel's name, had his name removed from the project before its Paramount Pictures release. They revive the evil ground, and the dead are buried and resurrected.</p> <p>Veteran actors Edward Furlong and Clancy Brown couldn't save the film. It grossed a mere $17.1 million worldwide. Despite its poor reviews and box office failure, it has assembled a cultish following. So it is one of the best bad movies with mixed reviews.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1992:</strong> <em>Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot, Year of the Comet, and Cool World.</em></p>

Pet Sematary Two (1992)

Pet Sematary Two is so bad that Stephen King, author of the novel that shares this sequel’s name, had his name removed from the project before its Paramount Pictures release. They revive the evil ground, and the dead are buried and resurrected.

Veteran actors Edward Furlong and Clancy Brown couldn’t save the film. It grossed a mere $17.1 million worldwide. Despite its poor reviews and box office failure, it has assembled a cultish following. So it is one of the best bad movies with mixed reviews.

Honorable Mentions 1992:   Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot, Year of the Comet, and Cool World.

<p>The Universal Pictures catastrophe <em>Cool as Ice</em> features a motorcycle-riding <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/best-rappers-of-all-time/" rel="noopener">rapper</a> (Vanilla Ice) who falls in love with a small city girl (Kristin Minter) whose family is in the Witness Protection Program.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/coolasicegharrington_a0ab1b.htm" rel="noopener">Washington Post</a> describes it best; “The film itself is a cross between an after-school special and MTV video, melding threadbare plot with colorful visuals and delivering a message, which is; basically, Vanilla Ice is cool, you know?” Fortunately, the world learned that he was not.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1991: </strong><em>Hudson Hawk, Return to the Blue Lagoon, and Drop Dead Fred.</em></p>

Cool as Ice (1991)

The Universal Pictures catastrophe  Cool as Ice  features a motorcycle-riding rapper (Vanilla Ice) who falls in love with a small city girl (Kristin Minter) whose family is in the Witness Protection Program.

The Washington Post  describes it best; “The film itself is a cross between an after-school special and MTV video, melding threadbare plot with colorful visuals and delivering a message, which is; basically, Vanilla Ice is cool, you know?” Fortunately, the world learned that he was not.

Honorable Mentions 1991:  Hudson Hawk, Return to the Blue Lagoon, and Drop Dead Fred.

<p>Universal Pictures is responsible for the critically proclaimed mishap that is <em>Problem Child</em>. It is another of Rotten Tomatoes' lowest-rated films at 0% approval (only 41 on the list). However, despite receiving terrible reviews, it was a success at the box office and set the stage for two more of these awful movies. <em>Problem Child</em> grossed $72.2 million globally against its production budget of $10 million.</p> <p>Honorable Mentions 1990: <em>The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter</em>, <em>Look Who's Talking Too</em>, and <em>Ghosts Can't Do It</em>.</p>

Problem Child (1990)

Universal Pictures is responsible for the critically proclaimed mishap that is  Problem Child . It is another of Rotten Tomatoes’ lowest-rated films at 0% approval (only 41 on the list). However, despite receiving terrible reviews, it was a success at the box office and set the stage for two more of these awful movies.  Problem Child  grossed $72.2 million globally against its production budget of $10 million.

Honorable Mentions 1990:  The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter , Look Who’s Talking Too , and Ghosts Can’t Do It .

<p>Tristar Pictures took a chance on Adam Sandler in his debut movie release, <em>Going Overboard</em>. However, it did not make a splash. Believed that comedian Dickie Diamond (Scott LaRose) had fallen overboard and drowned, Shecky Moskowitz (Sandler) sees it as his chance to shine as an actively struggling comedian.</p> <p>The film was initially released in 1989 but was re-released in 1996 once Sandler had achieved mainstream fame. Nonetheless, it tanked.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1989:</strong> <em>Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Communion, and Harlem Nights.</em></p>

Going Overboard (1989)

Tristar Pictures took a chance on Adam Sandler in his debut movie release,  Going Overboard . However, it did not make a splash. Believed that comedian Dickie Diamond (Scott LaRose) had fallen overboard and drowned, Shecky Moskowitz (Sandler) sees it as his chance to shine as an actively struggling comedian.

The film was initially released in 1989 but was re-released in 1996 once Sandler had achieved mainstream fame. Nonetheless, it tanked.

Honorable Mentions 1989:   Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Communion, and Harlem Nights.

<p>Orion Pictures, <em>Mac and Me</em> center on a Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) that escapes from agents from NASA. Mac befriends a wheelchair-using kid Eric Cruise (Jade Category). Eric and MAC try to find MAC's family, and a lot more <em>E.T.</em>-like trouble ensues.</p> <p>The film flopped at the box office and received two out of the four nominations for Razzies, including Worst Director and Worst New Star (Ronald McDonald, playing himself). However, despite being a bad movie, it has unearthed a cult following.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1988:</strong> <em>Caddyshack II, Cocktail, and The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.</em></p>

Mac and Me (1988)

Orion Pictures,  Mac and Me centers on a Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) that escapes from agents from NASA. Mac befriends a wheelchair-using kid Eric Cruise (Jade Category). Eric and MAC try to find MAC’s family, and a lot more E.T. -like trouble ensues.

The film flopped at the box office and received two out of the four nominations for Razzies, including Worst Director and Worst New Star (Ronald McDonald, playing himself). However, despite being a bad movie, it has unearthed a cult following.

Honorable Mentions 1988:   Caddyshack II, Cocktail, and The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.

<p>What was Universal Pictures thinking? <em>Jaws: The Revenge</em> is the fourth, most atrocious, and lowest-grossing ($51.9 million) film of the <em>Jaws </em>franchise.</p><p>The movie centers on the widow Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary) and her obsession with a great white shark seeking revenge on her family after it kills her son and follows her to the Bahamas. The film introduced the infamous 80s tagline, “This time, it’s personal.”</p><p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1987:</strong> <em>The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Who’s That Girl, and Teen Wolf Too.</em></p>

Jaws the Revenge (1987)

What was Universal Pictures thinking?  Jaws: The Revenge  is the fourth, most atrocious, and lowest-grossing ($51.9 million) film of the  Jaws  franchise.

The movie centers on the widow Ellen Brody (Lorraine Gary) and her obsession with a great white shark seeking revenge on her family after it kills her son and follows her to the Bahamas. The film introduced the infamous 80s tagline, “This time, it’s personal.”

Honorable Mentions 1987: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Who’s That Girl, and Teen Wolf Too.

<p>The eighties produced several notable films but are a generation that also delivered notoriously bad movies, including these ten Hollywood mishaps.</p>

Howard the Duck (1986)

Howard the Duck lives on Duckworld, a planet similar to Earth but inhabited by anthropomorphic ducks. After accidentally being launched into outer space, Howard ends up in Ohio, where he saves Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson) from hoodlums.

So she takes him back to her apartment, and the film worsens from there. Perhaps one of the few bright spots is that the movie’s failure would lead to Pixar. Despite unanimous criticism at the time, it has since accumulated a cult following despite being one of the worst movies ever made. This might be the main reason James Gunn brought Howard into the MCU in his Guardians of the Galaxy films.

Honorable Mentions 1986:   Shanghai Surprise, Flying, and Crawlspace.

<p>Al Pacino in <em>Revolution </em>is terrible. The film is a British historical drama co-starring Donald Sutherland and Nastassja Kinski. Pacino plays a New York fur trapper, involuntarily drafted to the rebel forces of the American Revolutionary War. It is so bad that Al Pacino took a four-year break from acting before bouncing back with the thriving <em>Sea of Love</em>.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1985:</strong> <em>Porky's Revenge, <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/godzilla-movies/" rel="noopener">Godzilla</a> 1985, and The Slugger's Wife.</em></p>

Revolution (1985)

Al Pacino in  Revolution  is terrible. The film is a British historical drama co-starring Donald Sutherland and Nastassja Kinski. Pacino plays a New York fur trapper, involuntarily drafted to the rebel forces of the American Revolutionary War. It is so bad that Al Pacino took a four-year break from acting before bouncing back with the thriving Sea of Love .

Honorable Mentions 1985:   Porky’s Revenge, Godzilla 1985, and The Slugger’s Wife.

<p>Sony Pictures got it wrong with this horror; <em>Meatballs Part II</em> is a treacherous sequel to its successful predecessor, <em>Meatballs</em>. It has an absurd storyline involving a group of kids attempting to save Camp Sasquatch from financial ruin.</p> <p>Critic <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meatballs_Part_II" rel="noopener">Lawrence Van Gelder</a> of The New York Times described it as “Trailing bits of <em>Rocky</em> and <em>E.T.</em>. and using a plot device from the 1983 film <em>Screwballs</em>, which aspired to be <em>Porky's</em>. <em>Meatballs Part II</em> shares with 1979's <em>Meatballs </em>not much more than a summer camp setting.”</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1984:</strong> <em>Bolero, Where the Boys Are, and Cannonball Run II.</em></p>

Meatballs Part II (1984)

Sony Pictures got it wrong with this horror; Meatballs Part II  is a treacherous sequel to its successful predecessor,  Meatballs . It has an absurd storyline involving a group of kids attempting to save Camp Sasquatch from financial ruin.

Critic Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times described it as “Trailing bits of Rocky and E.T. . and using a plot device from the 1983 film  Screwballs , which aspired to be  Porky’s .  Meatballs Part II  shares with 1979’s  Meatballs  not much more than a summer camp setting.”

Honorable Mentions 1984:   Bolero, Where the Boys Are, and Cannonball Run II.

<p><em>Staying Alive</em> is the sequel to the highly-acclaimed film <em>Saturday Night Fever.</em> John Travolta reprises his role as Anthony “Tony” Manero, a former Brooklyn disco king. The plot follows as he aspires to become a professional dancer on Broadway.</p> <p>Despite being a terrible film, it experienced box office success. However, it is the oldest movie to sit at a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The only good part of the movie is the Bee Gees classic track of the same name.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1983:</strong> <em>Two of a Kind, The Lonely Lady, and Stroker Ace.</em></p>

Staying Alive (1983)

Staying Alive is the sequel to the highly acclaimed film  Saturday Night Fever.  John Travolta reprises his role as Anthony “Tony” Manero, a former Brooklyn disco king. The plot follows as he aspires to become a professional dancer on Broadway.

Despite being a terrible film, it experienced box office success. However, it is the oldest movie to sit at a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The only good part of the movie is the classic Bee Gees song.

Honorable Mentions 1983:   Two of a Kind, The Lonely Lady, and Stroker Ace.

<p>Everything about the film <em>Grease 2</em> is terrible. It stars Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer, and it is horrendous. Everything about it is dreadful, including the lousy acting and uninspired music.</p> <p>With a budget of $11 million, <em>Grease 2</em> grossed a little over $15 million, making this a failure at the box office. Unlike its successful predecessor's $132 million gross.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1982: </strong><em>Inchon, The House Where Evil Dwells, and Oasis of the Zombies.</em></p>

Grease 2 (1982)

Everything about the film  Grease 2 is terrible. It stars Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer, and it is horrendous. Everything about it is dreadful, including the lousy acting and uninspired music.

With a budget of $11 million,  Grease 2  grossed a little over $15 million, making this a failure at the box office. Unlike its successful predecessor’s $132 million gross.

Honorable Mentions 1982:  Inchon, The House Where Evil Dwells, and Oasis of the Zombies.

<p><em>Piranha II: The Spawning</em> is an independent horror film and James Cameron's directorial debut. It is difficult to conceive that the man who produced incredible films, including <em>Titanic, The Terminator, </em>and<em> Avatar</em>, is responsible for this tripe. Although rumor has it, Cameron was fired from the film and the producers took over as directors.</p> <p>Internationally it was released as <em>Piranha II: Flying Killers</em>, but the name change is not saving this cinematic failure.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1981:</strong> <em>Tarzan, the Ape Man, Jinxed, and <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/titane-oscar-nomination-snub-explained/" rel="noopener">Parasite</a>.</em></p>

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

Piranha II: The Spawning is an independent horror film and James Cameron’s directorial debut. It is difficult to conceive that the man who produced incredible films, including Titanic, The Terminator, and  Avatar , is responsible for this tripe. Although rumor has it, Cameron was fired from the film, and the producers took over as directors.

Internationally it was released as  Piranha II: Flying Killers , but the name change is not saving this cinematic failure.

Honorable Mentions 1981:   Tarzan, the Ape Man, Jinxed, and Parasite.

<p>Sony Pictures is to blame for this failed <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/best-romantic-comedies-to-watch-on-valentines-day/" rel="noopener">romantic comedy</a>-drama. <em>It's My Turn</em> stars Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, and Charles Grodin. It follows Kate (Clayburgh) as she travels to New York for a job interview.</p> <p>She has an affair with Ben Lewin (Douglas) and eventually leaves her boyfriend (Grodin). The film received a nomination for a Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay.</p> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions 1980:</strong> <em>Can't Stop the Music, The Blue Lagoon, and Xanadu.</em></p>

It’s My Turn (1980)

Sony Pictures is to blame for this failed romantic comedy-drama.  It’s My Turn  stars Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, and Charles Grodin. It follows Kate (Clayburgh) as she travels to New York for a job interview.

She has an affair with Ben Lewin (Douglas) and eventually leaves her boyfriend (Grodin). The film received a nomination for a Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay.

Honorable Mentions 1980:   Can’t Stop the Music, The Blue Lagoon, and Xanadu.

<p>The golden age of film produced an overwhelming number of bad movies. So here are some classic cinematic busts that deserve their title of worst movies of all time.</p>

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The golden age of film produced an overwhelming number of bad movies. So here are some classic cinematic busts that deserve their title of worst movies of all time.

<p>We tried to pick only movies that we could honestly recommend. <em>Exorcist II</em>, for example, should have a better than 10% on RT. But we can’t really say it’s good. So it’s not on the list.</p><p>Also, we must report that <em>Highlander 2: The Quickening</em> does indeed appear to deserve its 0% rating, based on the 10 minutes we could stomach before turning it off.</p>

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

The Exorcist II: The Heretic  is one of the most garbage films ever made and is a sequel to its predecessor,  The Exorcist , which is often acknowledged as one of the best horror movies ever. It received widespread criticism and grossed $33 million at the box office. Also, it was the last film to feature veteran actor Paul Henreid.

<p>The film <em>I Spit on Your Grave</em> had a difficult time finding a distributor at first due to the graphic and lengthy depictions of gang rape and excessive violence. Despite being staunchly rejected by critics, the film has a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a tragic commentary on society.</p> <p>Critic Roger <a href="https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/i-spit-on-your-grave-1980" rel="noopener">Ebert stated</a>, “It is a movie so sick, reprehensible, and shameful that I can hardly believe it is playing in respectable theaters, such as Plitt's United Artists. But it is. Attending it was one of the most depressing experiences of my life.”</p>

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

The film  I Spit on Your Grave had a difficult time finding a distributor at first due to the graphic and lengthy depictions of assault and excessive violence. Despite being staunchly rejected by critics, the film has a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a tragic commentary on society.

Critic Roger Ebert stated, “It is a movie so sick, reprehensible, and shameful that I can hardly believe it is playing in respectable theaters, such as Plitt’s United Artists. But it is. Attending it was one of the most depressing experiences of my life.”

<p><em>Manos: The Hands of Fate</em> is a no-budget horror film about a polygynous pagan cult led by a man known as The Master. A family vacationing gets stranded in Texas and tries to escape the cult, but the cult has other horrific plans. As a result, it's giving off <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/texas-chainsaw-massacre-review-david-blue-garcia-netflix/">Texas Chainsaw</a> vibes.</p>

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

Manos: The Hands of Fate is a no-budget horror film about a pagan cult led by a man known as The Master. A family vacationing gets stranded in Texas and tries to escape the cult, but the cult has other horrific plans. As a result, it’s giving off Texas Chainsaw vibes.

<p><em>Santa Clause Conquers the Martians</em> is the worst <a href="https://wealthofgeeks.com/cynical-but-sweet-christmas-movies-to-get-you-in-the-holiday-mood/">Christmas movie</a> ever. The film features John Call as Santa Claus. It also features an eleven-year-old Pia Zadora as Girmar, who plays one of the Martian children.</p> <p>Is there a need to say anything more? It is consistently in the bottom 100 lists, including the internet <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMDb" rel="noopener">movie database.</a></p>

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians  is the worst Christmas movie ever. The film features John Call as Santa Claus. It also features an eleven-year-old Pia Zadora as Girmar, who plays one of the Martian children.

Is there a need to say anything more? It is consistently in the bottom 100 lists, including the Internet Movie Database.

<p>The golden age of film produced an overwhelming number of bad movies. So here are some classic cinematic busts that deserve their title of worst movies of all time.</p>

The Conqueror (1956)

The Conqueror  starred John Wayne as the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan. He co-stars with Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and Pedro Armendáriz in this lousy film.

Despite being a critical flop and receiving a spot in the 1978 book  The Fifty Worst Films of All Time , it did well at the box office. Additionally, Wayne was the winner of a Golden Turkey Award posthumously for his performance.

<p><em>Glen or Glenda</em> is a docudrama starring Ed Wood, his then-girlfriend Dolores Fuller, and Bela Lugosi. It is a film about transgender people that was way before its time. The movie bombed and received criticism from both audiences and critics.</p>

Glen or Glenda (1953)

Glen or Glenda is a docudrama starring Ed Wood, his then-girlfriend Dolores Fuller, and Bela Lugosi. It is a film about transgender people that was way before its time. The movie bombed and received criticism from both audiences and critics.

<p><em>The Babe Ruth Story</em> is a biographical film of the famed New York Yankees slugger. It stars Claire Trevor as his wife (Claire Merritt Hodgson). William Bendix (New York Yankee batboy in the 1920s) was the ballplayer. Unfortunately, the film was not a home run and is widely known as one of the worst movies of all time.</p>

The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

The Babe Ruth Story is a biographical film of the famed New York Yankees slugger. It stars Claire Trevor as Ruth’s wife (Claire Merritt Hodgson Ruth). William Bendix played the ballplayer. Unfortunately, the film was not a home run and is widely known as one of the worst movies of all time.

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In some ways, the father-daughter road trip drama “Bleeding Love” is utterly convincing. How could it not be with a real father — Ewan McGregor — and daughter — Clara Mathilde McGregor — in the lead roles? The duo’s familial chemistry is believable, obviously. And without speculating too much about the personal lives of famous strangers, elements of the characters’ dynamic parallel the stars’ own history: In the film, the father has moved on and started a new family, leaving his daughter from his first marriage behind. In real life, McGregor separated from Clara’s mother in 2017, and is now married to, and has a child with, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead . 

The lack of character names in the previous paragraph is not a writerly conceit; the script declines to name them as well, presumably to make them universal symbols of a sort. This is, in its way, a Freudian slip on the part of the film’s creative team. Because despite an engaging first hour, eventually the film devolves into a series of events that could generously be called “archetypal” — and less generously, “trite.” 

Much of this drama stems from the film’s addiction plot, which shares equal importance with the estranged-parent one. As is revealed in snippets of conversation in the first third of the movie, Father is driving Daughter to “go visit an artist friend” (i.e., rehab) in the wake of her near-death by overdose the night before. This takes them on a trip through the American Southwest, where they encounter a series of quirky characters — a magical sex worker who wants to become a Broadway playwright, a tow-truck driver who moonlights as an astrologer — on the road to healing. 

The first hour of “Bleeding Love” passes remarkably quickly given how little really happens, as the McGregors’ father-daughter verbal tennis games (and slow reveal of their characters’ backstory) keep the story moving. The issue with this section of the film is that first-time director Emma Westenberg doesn’t seem to know what to do with her leads when she turns her camera onto one of the eccentrics mentioned above. As a result, there is a stunning number of shots in this film of one or both McGregors watching things happen in front of them, bemused smiles on their faces. They feel like tourists in their own movie, going on an “It’s A Small World” ride of American rural poverty. 

There are a lot of considered details in “Bleeding Love,” some there for aesthetic purposes and some meant to parcel out additional information about the characters and their world. Again, many of these are pleasing in the buildup phase of the story, but become groan-worthy when their final purpose is revealed. For example, throughout most of the movie, Westenberg keeps her characters hemmed in with claustrophobic framing, often inside the windshield of Father’s beat-up pickup truck. Later on, when they have learned important lessons about acceptance and forgiveness, the frame expands to reveal the wide-open spaces around them. 

That last bit is technically a spoiler, but not really. How else would you expect a story about a road trip between an ex-addict father and his addict daughter to end? If it’s what you would expect, it’s what will unfold in the second half of “Bleeding Love.” It’s a film that’s been thought out but doesn’t reach any new conclusions; that assembles some good elements, but doesn’t really consider how they all fit together. The truthful elements are not enough to overcome the clumsy and cliché ones, and in the end it’s a film that’s more satisfying before you know how it ends.

Katie Rife

Katie Rife is a freelance writer and critic based in Chicago with a speciality in genre cinema. She worked as the News Editor of  The A.V. Club  from 2014-2019, and as Senior Editor of that site from 2019-2022. She currently writes about film for outlets like  Vulture, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, Polygon , and  RogerEbert.com.

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  1. Redeeming Love movie review & film summary (2022)

    Reviews Redeeming Love Nell Minow January 21, 2022 Tweet Now streaming on: Powered by JustWatch "Redeeming Love" is based on a best-selling novel by Francine Rivers, set during the California Gold Rush and inspired by the Biblical story of Hosea, a prophet, who married Gomer, an unfaithful woman.

  2. Redeeming Love

    February 13, 2022 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…. Sean P. Means The Movie Cricket. Redeeming Love is a tacky soap opera masquerading as a faith-based movie. The movie's sexist and awfully ...

  3. 'Redeeming Love' movie review: Christian romance falls flat

    "Redeeming Love" opens in gold rush-era California, where disheveled men scrounge for gold in murky water before heading to Pair-o-Dice, where a cold woman known as "the Duchess" runs a brothel. There, the most sought-after prostitute is a young woman named Angel.

  4. Redeeming Love Movie Review

    Parents Say: age 17+ 40 reviews Any Iffy Content? Read more Watch Our Video Review Watch now A Lot or a Little? What you will—and won't—find in this movie. Positive Messages The movie's messages include the importance of red Positive Role Models Supported by his faith, Michael loves Angel uncond Diverse Representations Flagged for concern

  5. Review: 'Redeeming Love' yields no rush, gold or otherwise

    Review: 'Redeeming Love' yields no rush, gold or otherwise Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis in the movie "Redeeming Love." (Universal Pictures) By Katie Walsh Jan. 19, 2022 1:57 PM PT The...

  6. Redeeming Love (2022)

    6.7 /10 13K YOUR RATING Rate POPULARITY 1,312 344 Play trailer 2:27 6 Videos 99+ Photos Drama Romance Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel knows nothing but betrayal. Can her heart ever be mended? Based upon the novel by Francine Rivers. Director D.J. Caruso Writers Francine Rivers D.J. Caruso Stars Abigail Cowen Tom Lewis Eric Dane

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    Tom Lewis and Abigail Cowen. Photograph: David R. Gaynes Movies Review Redeeming Love review - pious Bible-story western struggles for salvation Nice vistas and a scenery-chewing Famke...

  8. Redeeming Love

    Adam R. Holz Movie Review Angel is used to men looking at her. She's made a living out of being the prettiest woman in the brothel, and she's been with more men than she can count. The worst part? With every passing day, she realizes just how right her housekeeper Cleo's advice had been when she was a little girl.

  9. 'Redeeming Love' Peacock Review: Stream It Or Skip It?

    In Redeeming Love, now streaming on Peacock, a mistrusting hooker with a heart of gold catches the eye of a God-loving farmer who makes it his mission to rescue her from the depressing brothel she ...

  10. Redeeming Love

    This movie thinly scatters a parable's worth of plot across 134 minutes and resembles HBO's Deadwood recut for Sunday-school purposes: pious, puzzling and punitive, with a sternly wagging finger...

  11. 'Redeeming Love' Review: Mansplaining Redemption and Spirituality

    Redeeming Love. Review: Faith-Based Drama Mansplains Redemption and Spirituality. The film is too narrow-minded to explore the notion that a saint-like man may want to satisfy his normal carnal desires. By drawing inspiration from the biblical Book of Hosea, D.J. Caruso's adaptation of Francine Rivers's novel Redeeming Love views the Old ...

  12. Redeeming Love Reviews Are Here, See What Critics Are Saying About The

    News By Heidi Venable published 18 January 2022 What do the critics think of the book-to-film adaptation? (Image credit: Universal Pictures) With Redeeming Love, director D.J. Caruso tackles...

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    Redeeming Love (2022) User Reviews Review this title 227 Reviews Hide Spoilers Sort by: Filter by Rating: 7/10 I got what i wanted from the movie and I'm satisfied subxerogravity 29 January 2022 I came into this not knowing what to expect and came out liking what I saw.

  14. Redeeming Love Review: Choosing Love in the Face of Hardship

    Redeeming Love Review: Choosing Love in the Face of Hardship By Ashley Hajimirsadeghi Published Jan 19, 2022 Redeeming Love offers a perspective on the healing powers of faith and...

  15. Redeeming Love

    32 User Score Mixed or Average Based on 24 User Ratings 4.3 My Score Hover and click to give a rating Add My Review Where to Watch Starz (Subscription required) All Watch Options Top Cast View All Abigail Cowen Angel Tom Lewis Michael Eric Dane Duke Famke Janssen Duchess Logan Marshall-Green Paul Nina Dobrev Mae Livi Birch Sarah Stafford

  16. Redeeming Love (2022 film)

    It was theatrically released by Universal Pictures on January 21, 2022, and received generally negative reviews from critics. Redeeming Love was nominated for the GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Film/Series of the Year at the 2022 GMA Dove Awards. [1] Plot

  17. Redeeming Love (2022) Movie Reviews

    Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes are not available right now. Check back later. Redeeming Love is the highly anticipated film based on the bestselling novel by Francine Rivers that tells the powerful story of relentless love and perseverance as a young couple's relationship clashes with the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850.

  18. My Review of the Movie Redeeming Love

    Over the previous eighteen years, we've both been part of a group of writers who have gotten together every summer to Plot, Pray, and Play. So I've prayed for this movie for many years, and I honestly think it turned out amazingly beautiful. Hard, yes, but amazingly beautiful. There isn't one scene I would change.

  19. Redeeming Love

    Dove Review. Based on Francine Rivers' 1991 bestseller, Redeeming Love, set during the California gold rush of the 1850s, delivers a distinctly Christian message, but more covertly than not: symbols abound, mostly in the form of crosses and Bibles, talk of forgiveness is woven into the narrative, and unconditional love is at the heart of the ...

  20. Redeeming Love Movie Review

    It is a retelling of a true story from the Bible, with some literary license taken, of course. The acting is believable and well-done. Difficult subjects are handled well. This movie may be rated PG-13 but I wouldn't let my kids watch it that young, and you probably shouldn't either.

  21. Redeeming Love Cast Interview with Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis

    REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful and t... I sat down with Abigail Cowen and Tom Lewis to talk about their new movie, Redeeming Love based on the best-selling novel.

  22. Redeeming Love Movie Review (by a longtime fan of the book)

    Here's my disclosure policy. I live in a tiny town way up in the mountains. We have two small cinemas, and I wasn't expecting either of them to show the Redeeming Love movie on opening weekend. So, when I saw that one of them WAS, well, I immediately fired off emoji-filled texts to my girlfriends.

  23. The Redemption Of Redeeming Love: A Movie Review And ...

    With reviews ranging from an immediate classic and must-see movie to a community theatre production whose viewers are entitled to compensation, Redeeming Love has baffled reviewers. Confusion does ...

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    Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini's 2009 graphic novel The Last Days of American Crimes inspired the film of the same name—a sci-fi/heist mashup with a weak storyline and excessive violence. ...

  26. Bleeding Love movie review & film summary (2024)

    Much of this drama stems from the film's addiction plot, which shares equal importance with the estranged-parent one. As is revealed in snippets of conversation in the first third of the movie, Father is driving Daughter to "go visit an artist friend" (i.e., rehab) in the wake of her near-death by overdose the night before.