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Manna From Heaven (2002)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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Sisters Gabrielle C. and Maria Burton direct the independent comedy Manna From Heaven, written by their mother, Gabrielle B. Burton, and produced by their siblings at Five Sisters Productions. In Buffalo, NY, during the '50s, the wind blows in cash money to the tune of 20 thousand dollars. Believing it was a tangible gift from God, Sister Teresa (Ursula Burton) tries to gather up the money and pay it back 30 years later. However, her family members don't want to give up their free money and

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Jul 26, 2005

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You can tell what Manna wants to be -- a light-hearted-yet-profound, feel-good flick in the same vein as It's a Wonderful Life -- but it falls woefully short.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It's shot like a Lifetime-influenced student film, and the overall artlessness makes the spoony dialogue all the more glaring.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Too cute by half and at least a half-hour too long.

April 7, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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The five sisters responsible for the old-fashioned fable 'Manna From Heaven' have a lot of plates spinning in the air -- but even their 10 hands aren't enough to overcome the hokey, overstuffed plot and a messily hand-stitched, often illogical script.

April 4, 2003
New York Post
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While it would be easy to fault its lack of technical polish, somewhat discursive script and uneven performances, it is also refreshingly sincere, gentle and good-natured.

April 3, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Burtons' hearts are in the right place, but they need to get more tough-minded.

April 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Well-meaning movie will bore younger kids

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The quality of the film doesn't quite match the loving care placed into it.

December 5, 2003
Creative Loafing

A flimsy, overcomplicated little comedy that--despite the title--is hardly a gift to audiences, divine or otherwise.

November 11, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Like manna, the movie is sweet but a little thin.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

The movie's cloying cuteness and homespun sanctimony make the low production values even harder to forgive.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

You may pull a muscle trying not to cringe as such long-time screen veterans as Shirley Jones, Cloris Leachman and Frank Gorshin embarrass themselves with over-the-top performances.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Manna from Heaven is labor of love that may not be the best film of the year, but at least you'll come away smiling.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

There's a calculated stab at 'feel-good' afoot here, but, more often than not, the film just feels tired.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A bit amateurish, but wholesome and achingly sweet.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This clumsy comic fable, which mixes Catholic themes, family infighting and a flurry of lame wisecracks, is no gift from God.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It would be better if it weren't quite so sitcommy and if it didn't outlast its ideas.

April 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Manna from Heaven is a creakily old-fashioned screed about Christian selflessness and charity, staged and shot like a Lifetime movie-of-the-week.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Like a hand-knitted sweater, it's a little lumpy and ill-fitting, but it has a wonderful texture and attractive color and is just fine for making you feel warm and cozy.

November 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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