Breakthrough Reviews

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September 27, 2019
This is a lot better crafted, acted, and has a better cast than a lot of these kinds of films ordinarily do.
May 22, 2019
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 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.
May 16, 2019
A bold tale of faith is lifted by some decent performances, however the inert narrative breaks the spell.
May 15, 2019
As the film's saccharine sanctimoniousness swells, the intendedly God-awesome turns to the increasingly God-awful.
April 19, 2019
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.
April 19, 2019
one of the more authentically moving entries in the genre, fueled by a gripping lead performance from "This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz.
April 19, 2019
It's a harrowing tale that deserves a much better movie than this insipid junk.
April 19, 2019
We may not agree on why John recovers. This cast makes us glad and relieved that he does, even if the story veers into smugness that undermines its message.
April 18, 2019
A mostly preachy but occasionally compelling dramatization of a true story.
April 17, 2019
That, perhaps, is the role movies like Breakthrough serve. They are simple sermons dressed up in seductive trappings of Hollywood cinema.
April 17, 2019
Less a story than it is a sermon, aimed directly at the choir and nobody else.
April 17, 2019
"Breakthrough" might be the first faith-based Hollywood film with genuine crossover appeal.
April 16, 2019
"Breakthrough" glibly peddles miracles but is honest enough to admit that not everybody gets one.
April 15, 2019
You don't have to believe in divine intervention to be moved by this story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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