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 award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).


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