Joshua (2002)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 19, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Joshua is well-intentioned, but too heavy-handed.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It's a persuasive spiritual journey, sentimental at times but never hopelessly cloying.

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James D. Davis
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The film falls short on tension, eloquence, spiritual challenge -- things that have made the original New Testament stories so compelling for 20 centuries.

Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

What would Jesus do if He was a film director? He'd create a movie better than this.

Chris Willman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Al Brumley
Dallas Morning News

Overall, it's a very entertaining, thought-provoking film with a simple message: God is love.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Ultimately, we're left with 90 minutes worth of good intentions and sweet sentiments that never coalesce into an involving story.

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Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

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!'

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