Jeffrey Overstreet takes on “Dr.” Ted Baehr

Click here for Jeffrey Overstreet’s latest impassioned — and very justified — rant against “Dr.” Ted Baehr of Movieguide.

I don’t really have much to add to what Jeff says here, because he makes his case so well — except that I myself, in my film column for BC Christian News, did exactly what Baehr inaccurately accuses my CT Movies colleagues of doing — namely, dubbing “a movie about an abortionist” the top film of 2004. Vera Drake (my review) merely tied for 9th place on the CT Movies list; but it topped my own list, partly because I happen to like Mike Leigh films, and partly because it was a thoughtful and engaging and reasonably fair-minded movie about a difficult issue. But of course, “Dr.” Ted Baehr isn’t interested in those kinds of films.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).