Breakthrough

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Like its lead character, Breakthrough is fiercely focused on faith -- but its less subtle elements are balanced by strong performances and an uplifting story.

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BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother's unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith's adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John's recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith's own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

Cast

Chrissy Metz
as Joyce Smith
Josh Lucas
as Brian Smith
Topher Grace
as Jason Noble
Mike Colter
as Tommy Shine
Marcel Ruiz
as John Smith
Sam Trammell
as Dr. Kent Sutterer
Dennis Haysbert
as Doctor Garrett
Rebecca Staab
as Cindy Reiger
Lisa Durupt
as Paula Noble
Victor Zinck Jr.
as Joe Morrow
Nancy Sorel
as Mrs. Abbott
Kristen Harris
as Kay Quinn
Maddy Martin
as Abby Sutterer
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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (24)

  • Sure, it gets a little bit melodramatic here and there, but what's a good family drama without a little cheese?

    January 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a lot better crafted, acted, and has a better cast than a lot of these kinds of films ordinarily do.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Although some of the film's moment are reminiscent of a Hallmark movie...its good intentions balance out the cringe-worthy.

    July 31, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This brand of lazy, simple-minded propaganda is long past its sell-by date, and Breakthrough does next to nothing to break out of that cycle.

    July 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There is literally one moment in which it raises an interesting theological problem, then goes right back to what it was doing before...a movie designed to preach to the choir.

    May 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This Is Us regular Chrissy Metz makes her presence felt as the boy's mum, and Topher Grace and Josh Lucas bring modest star power to a slick if sometimes slushy against-the-odds drama that's perfectly watchable, whether you subscribe to its claims or not.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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