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Miracles from Heaven (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Miracles from Heaven makes the most out of an outstanding performance from Jennifer Garner, but it isn't quite enough to keep this faith-based drama from preaching to the choir.

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When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Based on a true story.
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PG (for thematic material, including accident and medical issues.)
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Drama
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Cast

Jennifer Garner
as Christy Beam
Kylie Rogers
as Anna Beam
Martin Henderson
as Kevin Beam
Brighton Sharbino
as Abby Beam
Courtney Fansler
as Adelyn Beam
John Carroll Lynch
as Pastor Scott
Eugenio Derbez
as Dr. Nurko
Queen Latifah
as Angela
Gregory Alan Williams
as Dr. Joe Hester
Erica Allen McGee
as Church Lady
Brandon Spink
as Billy Snyder
Rhoda Griffis
as Church Lady
Bruce Altman
as Dr. Burgi
Zach Sale
as ER Doctor
Gwen Waymon
as School Nurse
Kenny Alfonso
as Dr. Dorsi
John Crow
as News Reporter
J.M. Longoria
as Airline Attendant
Kevin Sizemore
as Fireman
Preston Baker
as Fireman
Maia Moss-Fife
as Pre-Op Nurse
Matt Mercurio
as Paramedic
Suehyla El-Attar
as Receptionist
Norma Alvarez
as Cafeteria Worker
Adam Drescher
as Manager
Anne Holt
as News Anchor
Kim Banta
as Vet Receptionist
Emerald Robinson
as Woman with Big Hair
Judd Derek Lormand
as Church Man
Mac Powell
as Lead Singer
Christina Bach Norman
as Boston Hospital Nurse
Tara Lee Reddick
as Waiting Room Nurse
Brian Bremer
as Grumpy Waiter
Neil Redick
as Travis
Christy Beam
as Real Christy
Annabel Beam
as Real Anna
Kevin Beam
as Real Kevin
Jose Garza
as CT Technician
Abigail Beam
as Real Abbie
Adelynn Beam
as Real Adelynn
Sunshine Bartell
as Boston Hospital Nurse
Morgan Burch
as Woman's Daughter
Harvest Parker
as Singer/Vocalist
John Andrew
as Impatient Man
Jennifer Finley
as Impatient Woman
Barbara Lynn Vincent
as Ticket Line Woman
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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (21)

You can't endear when you're subtly insulting, and Miracles From Heaven's otherwise good intentions are lost in its confusing mix of uplifting spirituality and judgment.

Full Review… | March 17, 2016
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It is a movie by believers, about believers, for believers, to the exclusion of all else, custom-tailored for private church-group showings.

Full Review… | March 17, 2016
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Riggen has no shame when it comes to jerking the tears, and sometimes her manipulations work even on the hardest of hearts... One thing she should probably work on is the comedy.

Full Review… | March 16, 2016
Boston Globe
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It's a good Christian film that plays to its audience and preaches the importance of neighborly values.

Full Review… | March 16, 2016
Detroit News
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The question is never what will happen to 10-year-old Anna (Kylie Rogers), who suffers a bloated belly and chronic pain. The only issue is how long she, and the audience, will have to wait to find out.

Full Review… | March 16, 2016
Washington Post
Top Critic

Miracles from Heaven wrings this story for everything it's worth, and is ultimately saved from mawkishness by the utter believability of Garner's performance as a mother who would do anything to save her daughter.

Full Review… | March 16, 2016
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Miracles from Heaven

Great film...kinda cheesy at times, but ultimately a fascinating story and worth checking out.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer

Miracles from heaven takes advantage of the excellent performances by Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers and Eugenio Derbez. And although it has problems of strong script he manages to get ahead in a wonderful story about faith and religion.

Fernando Martínez Cantú
Fernando Martínez Cantú

Super Reviewer

Heaven help audiences who don't enjoy being hit over the head like a Whack-A-Mole with a movie's moral because - for all of the good graces of its cast and intentions - the better-than-most but nonetheless hopelessly syrupy Bible-thumper known as Miracles from Heaven accomplices just this. If you believe in Miracles, stick with a certain sports drama about ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics called, well, Miracle. This tidy bar of soap, however, forcefeeds the issue at hand, which gets empathy from a loyal flock but ingratiates the flocking rest. Sure, this movie has a target audience: stringent Christians. They came to the cinema as believers and would inarguably leave the cinema believers even if they were inexorably locked in and shown a Faces of Death marathon instead. What about other moviegoers? There are many faith-ful moviegoers, the writer of this review included. Why do faith-based movies have to be so on-the-nose when life just isn't so cut-n-dry? But the family at the center always does nicey nice activities together, says nicey nice things all of the time, and makes nicey nice friends like Queen Latifah very easily. In this PG-rated drama based on the book by Christy Beam, a young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. Even when life lobs hardball issues like crippling financial woes at them, these plot points get handled in a softball manner--not in a "don't sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff" kind of way either but by addressing them and then not dealing with them at all. Life presents us with difficult challenges, as does our belief systems. Illustrated Bible Stories work for many when they are young and eat Play-Doh but offering them the live action equivalent as adults seems kind of demeaning. When one character says, "I've been a doctor for 25 years (and have) never seen anything like it," he's very wrong. EVERY faith based movie seems to pan out similarly to this. Admittedly, this one rings a tad truer thanks to the players. Jennifer Garner throws her all into the goings-on but, as well meaning as they are, an Illustrated Bible Story is an Illustrated Bible Story. Bottom line: Beginning to See the Blight

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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