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Joshua Reviews

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James D. Davis
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 20, 2002
The film falls short on tension, eloquence, spiritual challenge -- things that have made the original New Testament stories so compelling for 20 centuries.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2002
It's a persuasive spiritual journey, sentimental at times but never hopelessly cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2002
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
Ultimately, we're left with 90 minutes worth of good intentions and sweet sentiments that never coalesce into an involving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 5, 2002
What would Jesus do if He was a film director? He'd create a movie better than this.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 14, 2002
It's played in the most straight-faced fashion, with little humor to lighten things up. The heavy-handed film is almost laughable as a consequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Willman
Entertainment Weekly
June 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: D-
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
June 10, 2002
What's refreshing about 'Joshua' is its acknowledgment that a spiritual 'message' can permeate without constant reminders of 'Look alive out there - here comes a Sunday school lesson!'
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
eFilmCritic.com
June 7, 2002
Not an objectionable or dull film; it merely lacks everything except good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 24, 2002
Any attempts at nuance given by the capable cast is drowned out by director Jon Purdy's sledgehammer sap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

E! Online
April 24, 2002
Only for the already devoted.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 21, 2002
One key problem with these ardently Christian storylines is that there is never any question of how things will turn out.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5

BeatBoxBetty.com
April 19, 2002
As a feature film it fails miserably.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 19, 2002
A well-meaning but flat and awfully simple-minded parable that aims to be uplifting and ends up rather silly.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 18, 2002
In its own way, Joshua is as blasphemous and nonsensical as a Luis Bu˝uel film without the latter's attendant intelligence, poetry, passion, and genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Al Brumley
Dallas Morning News
April 18, 2002
Overall, it's a very entertaining, thought-provoking film with a simple message: God is love.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 14, 2002
When you resurrect a dead man, Hard Copy should come a-knocking, no?
| Original Score: 3/5

Los Angeles Daily News
July 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 6, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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New York Daily News
July 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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