Heaven Is for Real
Heaven Is for Real (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 22, 2014
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46%
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67%



Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Heaven Is for Real boasts a well-written screenplay and a talented cast, but overextends itself with heavy-handed sequences depicting concepts it could have trusted the audience to take on faith.

Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

Unlikely to convert any skeptics, but if they wander into the multiplex, they'll find that that the prettily photographed sermon goes down easily.

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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A smooth, easygoing film that will please its target audience, even if it doesn't quite reach the heavenly heights of other inspirational efforts in the faith-based genre.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

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.

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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's really just more numbing propaganda.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Whatever works.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Christians may shout hallelujah that faith-based films are arriving in theaters, but believers should pray for something much better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
"Heaven is for Real" is based on a book about a boy who tells his Dad about his experience in heaven while he is being operated on. The movie asks a… More
Mark Hobin
Heaven is for Real is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Todd Burpo and best selling conservative writer Lynn Vincent. It was a true story so… More
Apeneck Fletcher
What's wrong with preaching to the choir? A pastor and his family try to accept that their youngest member might've had a spiritual experience. The… More
Dann Michalski
Based on true events, Heaven Is For Real is a compelling character drama from writer/director Randall Wallace. Starring Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, and Thomas… More
Nate Zoebl
Christian movies have been lighting up the U.S. box-office this year. First there was Son of God, which opened at over $30 million dollars for what is… More
Dannielle Albert
Despite being inspiring, the makers of this one missed a real awesome opportunity to share the gospel. There was very little meat to this one. Great character… More