Ticket to Heaven
Ticket to Heaven (1981)

In this Canadian film, Nick Mancusco plays an impressionable youth who tries to find an emotional balm by joining a religious sect. The first portion of the film details Mancusco's indoctrination into the group. The remaining portion… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 9, 1981
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TIME Magazine

Like a strident TV-news exposé, Ticket aims for the jugular instead of the mind -- Geraldo Rivera moviemaking.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Ticket to Heaven is an absorbing, frightening, entirely believable movie, which is particularly amazing in view of its subject matter.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fascinating if one-sided examination of the power of religious cults and the methods they employ to attract new members.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

All fairly predictable stuff, but delivered without too much sensationalism, strong on showing how the apparently harmless cult insidiously undermines the man's confidence and independence.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The issue is treated in surprisingly black-and-white terms, with little insight into just what happens to the bright young hero during his indoctrination.

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People Magazine

Though sometimes didactic and clichéd, this first feature by Canadian director Ralph Thomas has a raw power that makes it work as both message and drama.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What makes the film so interesting is that it's not just a docudrama, not just a sensationalist expose, but a fully realized drama that involves us on the human level as well as with its documentary material.

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David Aldridge
Radio Times

It's no barrel of laughs, but there are flashes of humour to lighten the load.

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