Manna From Heaven Reviews

December 5, 2003
The quality of the film doesn't quite match the loving care placed into it.
November 11, 2003
A flimsy, overcomplicated little comedy that--despite the title--is hardly a gift to audiences, divine or otherwise.
November 5, 2003
Like manna, the movie is sweet but a little thin.
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.
October 17, 2003
The movie's cloying cuteness and homespun sanctimony make the low production values even harder to forgive.
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.
April 26, 2003
There's a calculated stab at 'feel-good' afoot here, but, more often than not, the film just feels tired.
April 8, 2003
It's shot like a Lifetime-influenced student film, and the overall artlessness makes the spoony dialogue all the more glaring.
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.
April 4, 2003
This clumsy comic fable, which mixes Catholic themes, family infighting and a flurry of lame wisecracks, is no gift from God.
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.
April 3, 2003
The Burtons' hearts are in the right place, but they need to get more tough-minded.
April 3, 2003
It would be better if it weren't quite so sitcommy and if it didn't outlast its ideas.
April 3, 2003
Though its heart is in the right place, this would-be feel-good sensation never puts the other pieces together.
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.
September 9, 2002
The root of the problem lies in a script so foul that it's amazing the film is as good as it actually is. Which is to say: this close to scraping bottom.
September 9, 2002
Like a homemade scarf, Manna from Heaven is warm, fuzzy and clearly made with love. At times it's easy to overlook the clumsiness of the way it's stitched together.