Joshua (2002)




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

Movie Info

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 Midwestern town of Auburn sometime in the late 19th century. Joshua sets up a carpentry shop in Auburn, and soon develops a reputation for his kind and unselfish nature; after bad weather nearly destroys a church in the town's African-American neighborhood, … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Mirman, Keith Giglio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
Artisan Entertainment - Official Site


as Father Tardone

as Father Pat Hayes

as Maggie

as Michael Reed

as Joan Casey

as Young Pastor

as Evangelist Kid

as Ray Persini

as Leo Persini

as Bishop Anderson

as Steve Casey

as Charlie

as Policeman

as Reverend Daily

as Cardinal Ricardo

as Father Delorenzo

as Father Tumelo

as Cardinal Napoli
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Critic Reviews for Joshua

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 3, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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

September 20, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2002
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Joshua

This is a wonderful, warm modern parable, based on a book by joseph Girzone, who has a series of book based on Joshua, which transilated means jesus. If you are religous, you will truely enjoy this movie, and even if you aren't, has important lessons for all of us.

virginia trevan

F Murray Abraham is the only reason this movie was worth sitting through (and so was lack of sleep) this movie was slightly creepy actually

Stephanie Adleman

WHOAH, GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD! Surprising how people SAY they are CHRISTIANS, yet they are not LIVING LIKE ONE IS SUPPOSED TO, not all of us are like this, LOVE THIS MOVIE!

Suzanne L-T

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