Manna From Heaven
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Sisters Gabrielle C. and Maria Burton direct the independent comedy Manna From Heaven, written by their mother, Gabrielle B. Burton, and produced by their siblings at Five Sisters Productions. In Buffalo, NY, during the '50s, the wind blows in cash money to the tune of 20 thousand dollars. Believing it was a tangible gift from God, Sister Teresa (Ursula Burton) tries to gather up the money and pay it back 30 years later. However, her family members don't want to give up their free money and can't even get along, including card dealer Inez (Wendie Malick) and con artists Bunny… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can tell what Manna wants to be -- a light-hearted-yet-profound, feel-good flick in the same vein as It's a Wonderful Life -- but it falls woefully short."
‑ Matt Weitz, Dallas Morning News
"The five sisters responsible for the old-fashioned fable 'Manna From Heaven' have a lot of plates spinning in the air -- but even their 10 hands aren't enough to overcome the hokey, overstuffed plot and a messily hand-stitched, often illogical script."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"Well-meaning movie will bore younger kids"
‑ Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
"Like manna, the movie is sweet but a little thin."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Manna from Heaven is labor of love that may not be the best film of the year, but at least you'll come away smiling."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's shot like a Lifetime-influenced student film, and the overall artlessness makes the spoony dialogue all the more glaring."
‑ Nat Johnson, Village Voice
"While it would be easy to fault its lack of technical polish, somewhat discursive script and uneven performances, it is also refreshingly sincere, gentle and good-natured."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"The quality of the film doesn't quite match the loving care placed into it."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The movie's cloying cuteness and homespun sanctimony make the low production values even harder to forgive."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"There's a calculated stab at 'feel-good' afoot here, but, more often than not, the film just feels tired."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"Too cute by half and at least a half-hour too long."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The Burtons' hearts are in the right place, but they need to get more tough-minded."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A flimsy, overcomplicated little comedy that--despite the title--is hardly a gift to audiences, divine or otherwise."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"You may pull a muscle trying not to cringe as such long-time screen veterans as Shirley Jones, Cloris Leachman and Frank Gorshin embarrass themselves with over-the-top performances."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A bit amateurish, but wholesome and achingly sweet."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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