The Other Side of Heaven
The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

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)… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 14, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Other Side of Heaven preaches to the converted; others will likely consider it simplistic, even offensive, propaganda.

Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Captures a breathtaking exotic landscape cluttered only by the smugness of its characters.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Handsome and sincere but slightly awkward in its combination of entertainment and evangelical boosterism.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

OK movie of young Mormon missionary.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Your stomach for Heaven depends largely on your appetite for canned corn.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The film's implicit premise is that the faith of the Tonga people is in every way inferior to that of John.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Painfully earnest and painfully dull.

Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times

As exciting as all this exoticism might sound to the typical Pax viewer, the rest of us will be lulled into a coma.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Obstacles are too easily overcome and there isn't much in the way of character development in the script.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

To call The Other Side of Heaven "appalling" would be to underestimate just how dangerous entertainments like it can be.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
What a great "story". It is quite remarkable how much down played the letters that John wrote home were. He was going through these huge dramas and… More
Andrew Fillmore
I thought it was okay. It bored me.
Curtis Lilly
Neat. I like Tonga.
Leo L
A personal favorite.
Dannielle Albert
I have a few complaints about the choices made on the storyboard, but it's a REALLY good movie.