The Other Side Of Heaven
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A young man from Idaho finds himself in a beautiful but dangerous land in the South Pacific as he follows his faith and tries to spread it to others in this adventure-drama, based on a true story. In 1953, John Groberg (Christopher Gorham) is a 19-year-old student at Brigham Young University, whose greatest adventure in life had been to leave home to go to school in Utah. That all changes when Groberg accepts a missionary assignment in the Tonga Islands near Fiji; Groberg is instructed to "build a kingdom" and educate the natives about the Mormon faith, even though he knows little of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Captures a breathtaking exotic landscape cluttered only by the smugness of its characters."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Handsome and sincere but slightly awkward in its combination of entertainment and evangelical boosterism."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"To call The Other Side of Heaven "appalling" would be to underestimate just how dangerous entertainments like it can be."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"In its combination of religion, love story and exotic locales, "Heaven" is a bit reminiscent of James Michener's "Hawaii," although this is a somewhat simpler, more personal tale."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Has a solid emotional impact."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"Your stomach for Heaven depends largely on your appetite for canned corn."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"OK movie of young Mormon missionary."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Its appeal will probably limited to LDS Church members and undemanding armchair tourists."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The movie's messages are quite admirable, but the story is just too clichéd and too often strains credulity."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"This gently retro story of a young Morman missionary in the Pacific Islands of Tonga loses some wholesomeness points due to some smug insularity."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"As exciting as all this exoticism might sound to the typical Pax viewer, the rest of us will be lulled into a coma."
‑ Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"Painfully earnest and painfully dull."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is a Mormon family movie, and a sappy, preachy one at that."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Celebrates the spiritual practice of enthusiasm as an energizing and radiant way of life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Daily struggles and simple pleasures usurp the preaching message so that, by the time the credits roll across the pat ending, a warm, fuzzy feeling prevails."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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