What, exactly, constitutes a miracle? Do they really happen? You'll be thinking about it, hopefully even talking about it, after the credits roll.
| Original Score: 3/5
Good intentions, and a rare attempt to embrace spirituality on screen, aren't enough to make Henry Poole is Here a worthy destination.
| Original Score: 2/4
There is something contrived about this story in which people with major problems find a resolution.
Drives home the themes in a natural and honest way that never comes off as preachy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Despite an excellent performance by Luke Wilson and a promising start, Henry Poole is Here ends up an overindulgent misfire. [Blu-ray]
Tell him to go away.
One of the best films of the year. You'll laugh, You'll Cry... You'll truly appreciate life!
| Original Score: 4/5
It never even gestures at the philosophical heavy lifting of exploring alternate interpretations of ambiguous events.
| Original Score: C+
The Lord may work in mysterious ways, but the filmmakers behind sensitive, life-affirming indie dramas about brooding young men stumbling towards redemption are an awfully predictable lot.
| Original Score: C
Wilson plays disillusionment convincingly, the supporting cast (especially Barraza) is golden, and director Mark Pellington has just the right touch to bring off a teary-eyed inspirational drama.
| Original Score: B-
If you're a sucker for a New Age-meets-old-time-religion tale and you have nothing else to do this weekend, then this one's for you. Everyone else should stay home.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Although the ending is unsurprising, Henry Poole remains an interesting character.
Henry too often seems like a suffering cipher rather than a real guy with real problems.
| Original Score: 2/5
A noble effort but misguided and largely bloodless.
There may well be a market for simple-minded, high-budget tales of Christian redemption; if so, Henry Poole should do very well at the box office.
| Original Score: 1/10
There's a version of Henry Poole is Here that I would've liked to see, and the painful thing is that it's not that far off from the real thing.
I went as someone who finds religion a 50-50 mix of fascinating and indigestible. I came out the same and have no expectations of encountering a stucco savior any time soon.
A stronger script focus and less unanswered questions about Henry Poole might have made the film more appealing.
Henry Poole Is Here is a movie that asks all the big questions and then, weirdly, wrecks itself by offering puny answers.
Thanks to Wilson's sympathetic performance and Pellington's restraint, Henry Poole is Here may just succeed in warming hearts and lifting spirits.