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Breakthrough Reviews

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April 19, 2019
Breakthrough has a resounding and obvious message of love, which is strong enough to tug at this critic's heartstrings. Except Roxanne Dawson has to glaze the film in Hallmark sappiness before the actual message starts to become clear.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 22, 2019
At each and every crossroad, it feels as if you hit a brick wall with a red neon message scrolled before you just in case you missed what was happening. With contrived and sometimes stilted situations, the film lost its verve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 9, 2019
I found myself being dismissed as a viewer, being directed to put my confidence in a story layered in the superficial aspects of faith, to trust without question that prayer conquers all, even as the film provides no foundation as to why I should.
May 16, 2019
A bold tale of faith is lifted by some decent performances, however the inert narrative breaks the spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2019
The film is flat, with an openly religious look and insists at all costs to leave an edifying and unquestionable message in an era in which the lack of questioning is a major evil that afflicts society. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 12, 2019
Anything but true to its own name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
April 19, 2019
It's a harrowing tale that deserves a much better movie than this insipid junk.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 17, 2019
Yet another limp, poorly assembled, and underdeveloped stab at faith based filmmaking from a major studio, Breakthrough will only appeal to true believers with exceptionally low standards.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
April 18, 2019
Shamelessly milks supposed miracles from God for every Christian the studio can get into a theater over Easter weekend
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2019
That, perhaps, is the role movies like Breakthrough serve. They are simple sermons dressed up in seductive trappings of Hollywood cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 8, 2019
"Breakthrough" tests how much audiences are willing to believe of a scenario that, though based on a true story, seems too undercooked for any kind of movie treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 15, 2019
As the film's saccharine sanctimoniousness swells, the intendedly God-awesome turns to the increasingly God-awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 18, 2019
A mostly preachy but occasionally compelling dramatization of a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2019
Here is another illustration of how the faith-based drama has pushed into cinemas material indistinguishable from vast swathes of the afternoon TV schedule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 15, 2019
Lots of small, potentially affecting dramas buzz around the center of Breakthrough before the movie swats them away to focus on the power of prayer.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
April 22, 2019
Better directed and better acted than other examples of the genre I have taken in, it earns a closer look. However, what really hurts BREAKTHROUGH for me as a work of film, though, is its repeated handwaving at truly complex issues.
May 16, 2019
Breakthrough could have been done in an interesting way had its makers not been intent on turning it into a Sunday school recruitment video.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 17, 2019
Less a story than it is a sermon, aimed directly at the choir and nobody else.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 8, 2019
"Breakthrough"... presents itself as the true story of a modern miracle. But it's also a portrait of what religious faith looks like when there's no pesky doubt to get in the way.
April 11, 2019
For a movie focusing so intently on personal faith, it doesn't much trust your independent capacity to find religious, spiritual, or other meaning in what is truly an amazing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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