• PG-13
  • 2h 9m
  • 2011
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As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer, yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, they quickly discover that their children are beginning to drift further away from them. When tragedy hits home, these men are left with a newfound urgency to renew their faith and reach out to their own children. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them?
© 2011 Sherwood Pictures Ministry, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: While the filmmaking is fairly competent, Courageous is overall worthless to anybody who doesn't subscribe to its dogmatic agenda.
Boston Globe
Tom Russo

It takes a certain touch to pull it off, and here, the serviceable cast just doesn't have it in th...

June 22, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Gary Goldstein

The many topics raised - gangs, drugs, immigration, absentee parents, poverty - are examined with...

June 22, 2017
New York Times
Paul Brunick

Overplotted and understructured, "Courageous" is a slog to get through at 130 minutes.

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Keith Staskiewicz

Devolves into over-the-top drama and a suffocating heavy-handedness.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Despite violence, Christian fatherhood drama is uplifting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie, which was produced by the same Protestant church that made Fireproof, is equal parts message movie and Evangelical ministry tool. Consequently, the story focuses on themes about conversion to Christianity and being a good, godly father. There's no language or sex, but there's more violence/peril than in similar films -- the cop protagonists engage in chases and skirmishes with suspects that end in fight fights and, in one case, a child being temporarily taken hostage at gunpoint. Tragedy strikes the central family, and one cop's baby is nearly kidnapped when his truck is car jacked. Because of the grown-up themes that focus on the nature of fatherhood and following God's path as a parent, this isn't a movie that will appeal to kids; it's aimed at the men, particularly dads, in the audience.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:September 30, 2011
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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