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Joshua (2002)




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

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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, Joshua offers to help repair the building, and has soon persuaded much of the community to offer their support, including Father Pat (Kurt Fuller), a priest at Auburn's Catholic church. Father Pat's superior, Father Tardone (F. Murray Abraham) is also struck by Joshua's talent, charm, and humble desire to help others, and asks him to carve a new statue of Saint Peter for their church. However, while much of the town is following the good example set by Joshua, when people begin to ascribe supernatural powers to the town's new carpenter, Father Tardone begins to become suspicious, and wants to know who Joshua really is and what he really intends to do in Auburn. Joshua features an original song score by popular contemporary Christian musician Michael W. Smith.

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F. Murray Abraham
as Father Tardone
Kurt Fuller
as Father Pat Hayes
Jordan Allen
as Michael Reed
Colleen Camp
as Joan Casey
Tom Brainard
as Young Pastor
Alex De Rosa
as Evangelist Kid
Rich Komenich
as Ray Persini
Dale Calandra
as Leo Persini
Tim Grimm
as Bishop Anderson
Marc Grapey
as Steve Casey
Cedric Young
as Charlie
John Sierros
as Policeman
Tim Decker
as Reverend Daily
Tom Roland
as Cardinal Ricardo
Coby Goss
as Father Delorenzo
Jim Carrane
as Father Tumelo
Ilio Bruno
as Cardinal Napoli
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Critic Reviews for Joshua

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

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

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.

September 19, 2002
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ultimately, we're left with 90 minutes worth of good intentions and sweet sentiments that never coalesce into an involving story.

Full Review… | July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Joshua

I don't want to have a disparaging attitude toward Christian entertainment in general, but this movie, for all its moral merits, seems aimed at a very narrow audience. Parts of it are just so cheesy and contrived, and this guy is nothing like how I would see Jesus...

Laura Fellows
Laura Fellows

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
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
Stephanie Adleman

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