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A mysterious stranger brings both spiritual comfort and a certain level of distrust to a small community in this drama based on the spiritual best-seller by Joseph Girzone. A mysterious man named Joshua (Tony Goldwyn) arrives in the small Midwestern town of Auburn sometime in the late 19th century. Joshua sets up a carpentry shop in Auburn, and soon develops a reputation for his kind and unselfish nature; after bad weather nearly destroys a church in the town's African-American neighborhood, Joshua offers to help repair the building, and has soon persuaded much of the community to offer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a persuasive spiritual journey, sentimental at times but never hopelessly cloying."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The film falls short on tension, eloquence, spiritual challenge -- things that have made the original New Testament stories so compelling for 20 centuries."
‑ James D. Davis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"What would Jesus do if He was a film director? He'd create a movie better than this."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Not an objectionable or dull film; it merely lacks everything except good intentions."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"One key problem with these ardently Christian storylines is that there is never any question of how things will turn out."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Christians sensitive to a reductionist view of their Lord as a luv-spreading Dr. Feelgood or omnipotent slacker will feel vastly more affronted than secularists, who might even praise God for delivering such an instant camp classic."
‑ Chris Willman, Entertainment Weekly
"The script covers huge, heavy topics in a bland, surfacey way that doesn't offer any insight into why, for instance, good things happen to bad people."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's played in the most straight-faced fashion, with little humor to lighten things up. The heavy-handed film is almost laughable as a consequence."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Any attempts at nuance given by the capable cast is drowned out by director Jon Purdy's sledgehammer sap."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"As a feature film it fails miserably."
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"Overall, it's a very entertaining, thought-provoking film with a simple message: God is love."
‑ Al Brumley, Dallas Morning News
"Ultimately, we're left with 90 minutes worth of good intentions and sweet sentiments that never coalesce into an involving story."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"What's refreshing about 'Joshua' is its acknowledgment that a spiritual 'message' can permeate without constant reminders of 'Look alive out there - here comes a Sunday school lesson!'"
‑ Jonathan R. Perry, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"Only for the already devoted."
‑ , E! Online
"A well-meaning but flat and awfully simple-minded parable that aims to be uplifting and ends up rather silly."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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