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"Some people might be afraid to believe," Todd (Greg Kinnear) sighs at one point. The triumph of Heaven Is for Real is in the film's embrace of the very down-to-earth notion that such fear can lurk even in the hearts of those who have faith.
While the film makes decent use of the plains of Nebraska to give us a portrait of smalltown Red States America, there's a hectoring, insincere feel to this project that renders it practically unwatchable.
Heaven Is for Real works in mysterious ways for a faith-based movie. It actually leaves room for doubt, in a genre founded on Christian absolutes. Tears aren't jerked; Bibles aren't thumped. Believing gets easier.
The movie's visions of a greenscreen afterlife of digital angels and a Jesus who resembles Dan Fogelberg on the cover of the 'Greatest Hits' album is more trite than inspiring, yet the film is smart enough to recognize the weirdness of its premise
What did Colton Burpo experience? 'Heaven is for Real,' based on the best-selling book 'Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,' is a gentle, heartfelt movie that allows viewers to decide for themselves.
Don't be fooled, it's not hope or love that Heaven Is For Real is peddling. It's a divisive paean to a bogus cultural divide created by a coalition of opportunists who don't mind making money selling that same poisonous lie.