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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Preachy and pretty, "Heaven" is a classy-looking product with a vanilla flavor and a pastel palette."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Unlike many of the features targeted to what Hollywood is calling the "faith audience," the movie is well-acted and shot, often thoughtful and (intentionally) funny."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"Best known as the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for "Braveheart," Randall Wallace frames his piece with a gentle and all-inclusive touch that welcomes as many doubters as believers."
‑ John Urbancich, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
"While watching, I couldn't help but think of the studio execs in the background whispering in the filmmakers ears "does it have to be so religious? Can you make it any less... Christian?""
‑ Danny Minton, Fort Bend Sun
"No matter your religious preferences, you'll find it tedious and pandering - unless you worship at the altar of boredom."
‑ Sean O'Connell, CinemaBlend.com
"We might have expected more from writer-director Randall Wallace, who brought us the Oscar-nominated "Braveheart." But the material is pretty cookie-cutter and more typical of an afterschool special."
‑ Jessica Herndon, Associated Press
"What could have been merely a feel-good exercise in Eschatology Lite instead becomes a wholesome but also surprisingly tough-minded portrait of a man wrestling with his faith."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A touching, moving film with a standout performance from Connor Corum (did I mention he's 6?)."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Hucksterism or attractively marketed sincerity, it doesn't really matter. I simply want to believe that this approach to Evangelical filmmaking... could take hold and serve as a model of not-crazy, not-stupid and not-hateful."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"The touching Heaven Is for Real marks faith-based filmmaking's next logical step into the mainstream."
‑ Christian Toto, Big Hollywood
"Kinnear ... remains a consistent screen presence, even if the material he's been handed lately rarely matches his talents."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The images of heaven somehow diminish the impact of the boy's experience, perhaps because heaven is just too profound for anyone to film."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Its debate style could be called 'the argument through victimization': It wants you to side with [its lead] not because he has the better case, but because everyone else are jerks."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"For all these travails, the film remains a remarkably passive affair."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"Wallace uses the color blue, low angle shots and a syrupy score to invoke all things heavenly but his visualizations of Colton's 'trip' are downright cheesy, especially the blue-green eyed Jesus who looks like an 80's pop star..."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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