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Letters To God (2009)

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This family drama follows the true story of a young boy whose life is put on the line when he is diagnosed with cancer. Through his letters to God about the confusion and faith that come with his situation, he soon becomes a surprising source of hope and inspiration for those in his neighborhood -- including a substitute mailman, whose life becomes surprisingly mixed up in the ordeal. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Aug 10, 2010

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With little in the way of story or spectacle to offer nonbelievers, the film itself just preaches to the choir.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
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There are so many characters basing their actions on what Jesus would do that Jesus just about deserves a co-screenwriting credit.

April 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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This faith-based/fact-based inspirational weepie allows no one to escape the saintlike glow of its terminally ill protagonist.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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While Letters to God is certainly family-friendly, the blandness robs it of whatever emotion or redemption the filmmakers were shooting for.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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This drama is unabashedly preachy but satisfying nevertheless.

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Heavy-handed tearjerker about faith, death, and friendship.

August 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As well intentioned and sometimes well acted as this film is, it is not always able to rise above its own earnest agenda in order to tell its story in an absorbing manner.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Comments (2)
Christianity Today

... worthy intentions are far outstripped by its fumbling amateurishness.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (2)
Sacramento News & Review

Letters To God keeps letting the story be interrupted by the sponsor, which in this case is Christianity.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Comments (3)
Entertainment Insiders

Letters to God is preaching to the choir.

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

The true story is inspiring but the film gets much too preachy

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Comments (4)
jackiekcooper.com

Dear God, make it stop!

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: E! Online | Comments (3)
E! Online

This story of a courageous child's battle with cancer would have been so much better if it had been a documentary.

April 10, 2010 Full Review | Comments (4)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A bighearted, uplifting and captivating drama for all ages. It will inspire you to open your heart compassionately and to find hope, faith and comfort throughout your life's hardships.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Comment (1)
NYC Movie Guru

There is no complexity to these characters at all and the relentless pitch for prayer as the answer to all lifeā(TM)s problems is laid on like molasses.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (4)
Boxoffice Magazine

Letters to God is certainly watchable and may offer comfort to Christians in the audience. But its appeal will be limited, no matter how professional it looks.

April 9, 2010
Kansas City Star

A sometimes moving, sometimes awkward blend of sentimental family drama, cancer awareness and Christian proselytizing.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A depressingly unemotional affair, with writing and some of the acting so flat that even its emotionally loaded situations can't inspire waterworks.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comments (3)
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April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Screen It!
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Audience Reviews for Letters To God

Very "Preachy". Incredibly Hokey. I enjoy a good christian / spiritual movie every now and then, but this one was just a little too over the top for me. Even that sometimes I can overlook...but the acting was just so awful at times, that I found myself cringing.
October 23, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

i walked into this totally blind, simply waiting for another feature to begin and having no prior knowledge of what to expect (for such is my will and my way!). it's another well-meaning movie-of-the-week, based on a true story (as practically everything is nowadays) about a poor shlump kid dying of cancer and writing the titular "letters to God" to deal. did i say "well-meaning" yet?
April 12, 2010
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

The only thing good I can say about this film is I saw it for free. Other than that, this film is like watching the Hallmark Channel. Over the top chesseiness and just way to corny for a person to handle. Not to mention, acting and writing that is so flat, that even it's emotional situations cannot get you touched at all. Letters to God is a slow, bland, cheeseball film.

Story: C
Acting: D+
Direction: D-
Visuals: C
Overall: D+

*1/2 out of 4 stars
April 11, 2010
Hawaiianguy2991
Matthew Rodrigues

Super Reviewer

I was actually afraid this one might be really bad but it was actually a pure gem. I sobbed at the end. It was just a pure good movie. Parts were a bit cheesy but it was uplifting and encouraging. They may have been a bit too many music montages but it wasn't preachy and it was only lacking in acting talent in a couple minor areas. (It may have been poor scripting and the poor actors could do nothing about it.) Otherwise, what a great movie! I recommend it to anyone who wants to see a movie about a child who changes people's lives for the better.
August 31, 2010
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