Dear God
Dear God (1996)

Con artist Tom Turner (Greg Kinnear) is caught red-handed and sentenced by a compassionate judge to get and keep an honest job for an entire year. He is also ordered to abstain from conning or scams of any kind. If he succeeds, the judge… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Leonard Klady

It unfortunately has an unfinished quality, and plays very much like a good first draft for a much better movie than the one on view.

Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

As trite as the framework is, Dear God might have been a charming holiday film, if only its miracles weren't so trite.

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TV Guide

Garry Marshall's fast-paced, Capra-esque comedy probably out-Capras Capra himself in sentimentality, but the terrific cast makes for a rarity: a feel good-comedy that's actually very funny.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Together, these characters discover the ideas of faith and fellowship as the film congratulates itself on its noble instincts.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Awkward cuts rob the film of cohesion, and even the charming Kinnear seems to disappear at times amid the chaos -- a real test of viewers' faith.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Horrendously unfunny.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A goofy, goodwill gesture toward the U.S. Postal Service, it's never funny and moves slower than an unaddressed letter without postage.

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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

Though aspiring to Capraesque whimsy, Dear God feels and looks like a faded rerun of Marshall's Happy Days.

Scott Weinberg

Annoyingly unfocused comedy flick with nary a laugh to be found.

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