Manna From Heaven - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Manna From Heaven Reviews

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Liz Perle
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Well-meaning movie will bore younger kids
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 5, 2003
The quality of the film doesn't quite match the loving care placed into it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 11, 2003
A flimsy, overcomplicated little comedy that--despite the title--is hardly a gift to audiences, divine or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
November 5, 2003
Like manna, the movie is sweet but a little thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
October 23, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 17, 2003
The movie's cloying cuteness and homespun sanctimony make the low production values even harder to forgive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 10, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 14, 2003
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.
Harry Haun
Film Journal International
April 26, 2003
There's a calculated stab at 'feel-good' afoot here, but, more often than not, the film just feels tired.
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Nat Johnson
Village Voice
April 8, 2003
It's shot like a Lifetime-influenced student film, and the overall artlessness makes the spoony dialogue all the more glaring.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 7, 2003
Too cute by half and at least a half-hour too long.
April 4, 2003
A bit amateurish, but wholesome and achingly sweet.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 4, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
April 4, 2003
This clumsy comic fable, which mixes Catholic themes, family infighting and a flurry of lame wisecracks, is no gift from God.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 3, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2003
The Burtons' hearts are in the right place, but they need to get more tough-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 3, 2003
It would be better if it weren't quite so sitcommy and if it didn't outlast its ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
April 3, 2003
Though its heart is in the right place, this would-be feel-good sensation never puts the other pieces together.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2003
Manna from Heaven is a creakily old-fashioned screed about Christian selflessness and charity, staged and shot like a Lifetime movie-of-the-week.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
November 3, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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