Heaven Is for Real
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Heaven Is for Real
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award (R) nominee and Emmy (R) award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unlikely to convert any skeptics, but if they wander into the multiplex, they'll find that that the prettily photographed sermon goes down easily."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"There's no antagonist, no resolution, and no real climax - just a series of mildly charming scenes in which Colton shares heavenly knowledge while his family reacts with awestruck tears."
‑ Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
"It's really just more numbing propaganda."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"You'd think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There's barely even a story here."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Heaven Is for Real works in mysterious ways for a faith-based movie. It actually leaves room for doubt, in a genre founded on Christian absolutes. Tears aren't jerked; Bibles aren't thumped. Believing gets easier."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"This is a big-tent Christian film that wriggles around a lot seeking to accommodate multiple varieties of religious experience, and ends up terminally infected with the virus of postmodern relativism."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Kinnear does an excellent job of capturing Burpo's obvious dilemma and the turmoil he and his wife endure as they work through this critical time in the life of their family."
‑ Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
"Christians may shout hallelujah that faith-based films are arriving in theaters, but believers should pray for something much better."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"This latest spot of cinevangelism at least sports a theatrical heft ..."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"...will no doubt fill a niche, but a more satisfying movie could have been made had the filmmakers followed Iris DeMent's advice and simply let the mystery be."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A well-acted, family-friendly and timely movie for Easter audiences that is just as much about appreciating life on Earth as it is about what comes after."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Whatever works."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"While the film makes decent use of the plains of Nebraska to give us a portrait of smalltown Red States America, there's a hectoring, insincere feel to this project that renders it practically unwatchable."
‑ George Byrne, Irish Independent
"...a bottom-of-the-barrel drama that's been geared towards the lowest common denominator."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The movie's visions of a greenscreen afterlife of digital angels and a Jesus who resembles Dan Fogelberg on the cover of the 'Greatest Hits' album is more trite than inspiring, yet the film is smart enough to recognize the weirdness of its premise"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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