Henry Poole Is Here - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Henry Poole Is Here Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
What, exactly, constitutes a miracle? Do they really happen? You'll be thinking about it, hopefully even talking about it, after the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
June 1, 2009
Good intentions, and a rare attempt to embrace spirituality on screen, aren't enough to make Henry Poole is Here a worthy destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 18, 2009
There is something contrived about this story in which people with major problems find a resolution.
Michael Dequina
February 10, 2009
Drives home the themes in a natural and honest way that never comes off as preachy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 13, 2009
Despite an excellent performance by Luke Wilson and a promising start, Henry Poole is Here ends up an overindulgent misfire. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 16, 2008
Tell him to go away.
Clint Morris
November 30, 2008
One of the best films of the year. You'll laugh, You'll Cry... You'll truly appreciate life!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
It never even gestures at the philosophical heavy lifting of exploring alternate interpretations of ambiguous events.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 18, 2008
The Lord may work in mysterious ways, but the filmmakers behind sensitive, life-affirming indie dramas about brooding young men stumbling towards redemption are an awfully predictable lot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 18, 2008
Wilson plays disillusionment convincingly, the supporting cast (especially Barraza) is golden, and director Mark Pellington has just the right touch to bring off a teary-eyed inspirational drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
October 18, 2008
If you're a sucker for a New Age-meets-old-time-religion tale and you have nothing else to do this weekend, then this one's for you. Everyone else should stay home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
Henry too often seems like a suffering cipher rather than a real guy with real problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Although the ending is unsurprising, Henry Poole remains an interesting character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
October 1, 2008
A noble effort but misguided and largely bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
There may well be a market for simple-minded, high-budget tales of Christian redemption; if so, Henry Poole should do very well at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
September 5, 2008
There's a version of Henry Poole is Here that I would've liked to see, and the painful thing is that it's not that far off from the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 2, 2008
I went as someone who finds religion a 50-50 mix of fascinating and indigestible. I came out the same and have no expectations of encountering a stucco savior any time soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diana Saenger
September 2, 2008
A stronger script focus and less unanswered questions about Henry Poole might have made the film more appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 22, 2008
Henry Poole Is Here is a movie that asks all the big questions and then, weirdly, wrecks itself by offering puny answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 22, 2008
Thanks to Wilson's sympathetic performance and Pellington's restraint, Henry Poole is Here may just succeed in warming hearts and lifting spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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