I Can Only Imagine (2018)


Critic Consensus: I Can Only Imagine's message will have the most impact among Christian audiences, but overall, its performances and storytelling represent a notable evolution in faith-based cinema.


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The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

[A] slickly assembled tale of redemption and reconciliation.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Art can be affirmation, but affirmation cannot be art.

Mar 21, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The movie works for the same reason the song does: It lightens the burden of the pain people are shouldering today, and gives them something to look forward to.

Mar 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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This is an interesting idea, executed with a reductive, tin-eared understanding of what constitutes art to go along with a faith-based movie's reductive, tin-eared understanding of what constitutes entertainment.

Mar 16, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Like so many faith-based efforts, I Can Only Imagine suffers from a terminal case of self-importance.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Why is the movie made from a universally healing single such an earnest, awkward dud? Well, partly because the movie can't settle on what's more important, the family stuff or the ascension of the song as a fame-inducing anthem.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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