Ticket to Heaven (1981)




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Movie Info

In this Canadian film, Nick Mancusco plays an impressionable youth who tries to find an emotional balm by joining a religious sect. The first portion of the film details Mancusco's indoctrination into the group. The remaining portion concerns the efforts made by Mancusco's parents to locate their thoroughly brainwashed son.

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Anne Cameron
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Like a strident TV-news exposé, Ticket aims for the jugular instead of the mind -- Geraldo Rivera moviemaking.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

All fairly predictable stuff, but delivered without too much sensationalism, strong on showing how the apparently harmless cult insidiously undermines the man's confidence and independence.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What makes the film so interesting is that it's not just a docudrama, not just a sensationalist expose, but a fully realized drama that involves us on the human level as well as with its documentary material.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ticket to Heaven is an absorbing, frightening, entirely believable movie, which is particularly amazing in view of its subject matter.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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The issue is treated in surprisingly black-and-white terms, with little insight into just what happens to the bright young hero during his indoctrination.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Christian Science Monitor

It's no barrel of laughs, but there are flashes of humour to lighten the load.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Radio Times

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