Critic of the Month

For the month of May, the spotlight falls on STEVEN D. GREYDANUS.

Steven is, I think, the closest thing to a Roger Ebert in Christian film criticism. His reviews have a strength and a confidence to them; he speaks with authority, experience, eloquence, and a penetrating intellect. From time to time, I disagree with his reviews, but rarely … and even when I do disagree, I still learn from his perspective.

A few notes on SDG’s strengths:

  • He has a passion for good family movies, but he defines “good family movies” not by things that the films don’t have in them, but by the things they do have in them.
  • He can be frighteningly clever.
  • Greydanus wrote one of the finest reviews on The Passion of the Christ that has been published (see the link in the margin).
  • He has a sound sense of fairness and justice, and thus he is always worth hearing on films in which there is a question of caricature or prejudice. (See The Magdalen Sisters.)
  • He appreciates both the best of cerebral and international filmmaking (Russian Ark) and the best of commercial Hollywood blockbusters (Spider-man 2).
  • And while I think he’s wrong to favor The Return of the King over The Fellowship of the Ring, he has an appreciation for fantasy film that I fully understand.
  • In the occasional disputes that come up between the volatile-tempered Christian film critic community, he conducts himself with grace without compromising his passion for the truth.

I’ve long been an admirer of his work, and getting to know him has been one fo the highlights of the last few years for me.

Steven, keep up the good … no, the essential … work.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Eriol

    His review of “Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events” is clever as well.