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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.


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 (61) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (24)

  • This is a lot better crafted, acted, and has a better cast than a lot of these kinds of films ordinarily do.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Here is another illustration of how the faith-based drama has pushed into cinemas material indistinguishable from vast swathes of the afternoon TV schedule.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • Another glib and unconvincing faith-based movie that pushes miracles, spirituality and divine intervention, hoping for box-office gold. A terrific cast is the only thing that saves it from last rites.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • one of the more authentically moving entries in the genre, fueled by a gripping lead performance from "This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a harrowing tale that deserves a much better movie than this insipid junk.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A mostly preachy but occasionally compelling dramatization of a true story.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic

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