The Shack
The Shack (2017)

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 3, 2017
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Shack's undeniably worthy message is ill-served by a script that confuses spiritual uplift with melodramatic clichés and heavy-handed sermonizing.

Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

If Octavia Spencer is God, then Lord, take me to church.

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Peter Sobczynski

The Shack wants to be a sincere exploration of faith and forgiveness but somehow manages to be both too innocuous and too off-putting for its own good.

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Richard James Havis
South China Morning Post

The Christian God is rarely shown figuratively in movies, and The Shack is a good example of why not.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

It's one of those movies where you'll either decide to give in right away and sob for two hours straight or opt to fight it while your resentment slowly simmers to a rolling boil.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"The Shack" is a grief-packed journey through loss, bargaining and acceptance that feels like an overly long church sermon.

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Mabel Salinas
Cine Premiere

The Shack will appeal to those who like Christian cinema and put the theme above the technical attributes. [Full review in Spanish]

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John Semley
Globe and Mail

Based on the sleeper bestseller by Canadian author William P. Young, The Shack offers an enlightening - if dispiriting - vantage on contemporary, non-denominational Christianity.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Most of its running time is taken with mollifying conversations between Mack and the movie's New Age-meets-Bible Belt oversimplifications of the Holy Trinity. It fits right into a long tradition of quasi-mystical pseudo-parables.

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

British director Stuart Hazeldine cranks up the digital effects to give a fairly interesting interpretation of heaven, but they cannot make up for how this is a sermon, turned into a play, dressed up with computer-aided show-and-tell.

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