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The Other Side Of Heaven

The Other Side Of Heaven (2001)

tomatometer

29

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 30

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

7

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 13

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

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73

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 10,024

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Movie Info

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) is a 19-year-old student at Brigham Young University, whose greatest adventure in life had been to leave home to go to school in Utah. That all changes when Groberg accepts a missionary assignment in the Tonga Islands near Fiji; Groberg is instructed to "build

PG,

Drama, Action & Adventure

Mitch Davis

Apr 1, 2003

$4.4M

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (30) | DVD (8)

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

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Your stomach for Heaven depends largely on your appetite for canned corn.

April 12, 2002
Washington Post
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As exciting as all this exoticism might sound to the typical Pax viewer, the rest of us will be lulled into a coma.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Handsome and sincere but slightly awkward in its combination of entertainment and evangelical boosterism.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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OK movie of young Mormon missionary.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Painfully earnest and painfully dull.

September 29, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Its appeal will probably limited to LDS Church members and undemanding armchair tourists.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is a Mormon family movie, and a sappy, preachy one at that.

August 15, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

In its combination of religion, love story and exotic locales, "Heaven" is a bit reminiscent of James Michener's "Hawaii," although this is a somewhat simpler, more personal tale.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The movie's messages are quite admirable, but the story is just too clichéd and too often strains credulity.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Celebrates the spiritual practice of enthusiasm as an energizing and radiant way of life.

April 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Has a solid emotional impact.

April 12, 2002
Fresno Bee

This gently retro story of a young Morman missionary in the Pacific Islands of Tonga loses some wholesomeness points due to some smug insularity.

April 12, 2002
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Daily struggles and simple pleasures usurp the preaching message so that, by the time the credits roll across the pat ending, a warm, fuzzy feeling prevails.

April 12, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

By no means a great movie, but it is a refreshingly forthright one.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Other Side Of Heaven

Neat. I like Tonga.
October 25, 2007
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Curtis Lilly

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I have a few complaints about the choices made on the storyboard, but it's a REALLY good movie.
August 7, 2007
crazydannielle16

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I thought it was okay. It bored me.
July 4, 2006
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