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Heaven Is for Real Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 15, 2016
Highly recommended for those struggling with belief in spiritual realities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
April 18, 2016
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 of 5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
It never strays far from preaching, leaving viewers no choice but to see Pastor Burpo primarily as an unreliable narrator.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
September 5, 2014
A smooth, easygoing film that will please its target audience, even if it doesn't quite reach the heavenly heights of other inspirational efforts in the faith-based genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 23, 2014
It's really just more numbing propaganda.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 5, 2014
Christians may shout hallelujah that faith-based films are arriving in theaters, but believers should pray for something much better.
Full Review | Original Score: C
George Byrne
The Herald (Ireland)
June 13, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 30, 2014
You'd think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There's barely even a story here.
Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 29, 2014
This latest spot of cinevangelism at least sports a theatrical heft ...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 16, 2014
...a bottom-of-the-barrel drama that's been geared towards the lowest common denominator.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2014
Unlikely to convert any skeptics, but if they wander into the multiplex, they'll find that that the prettily photographed sermon goes down easily.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 29, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2014
...will no doubt fill a niche, but a more satisfying movie could have been made had the filmmakers followed Iris DeMent's advice and simply let the mystery be.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 25, 2014
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.4/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 24, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
April 24, 2014
It's not great filmmaking, or even good filmmaking for that matter, but you may find yourself saying "Amen" nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
April 24, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 23, 2014
This is a big-tent Christian film that wriggles around a lot seeking to accommodate multiple varieties of religious experience, and ends up terminally infected with the virus of postmodern relativism.
April 22, 2014
Things get sticky when the film changes the actual content of Colton's visions, and the lessons that both Colton and his father draw from those visions.
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 22, 2014
A sermon. Some will get it, and for those who don't it doesn't matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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