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The Shack (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Shack's undeniably worthy message is ill-served by a script that confuses spiritual uplift with melodramatic clichés and heavy-handed sermonizing.

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Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.


Sam Worthington
as Mack Phillips
Radha Mitchell
as Nan Phillips
Tim McGraw
as Willie
Amélie Eve
as Missy Phillips
Megan Charpentier
as Kate Phillips
Gage Munroe
as Josh Phillips
Ryan Robbins
as Emil Ducette
Derek Hamilton
as Mack's Dad
Jordyn Ashley Olson
as Emily Ducette
Lane Edwards
as Officer Dalton
Carson Reaume
as Young Mack
Laura MacKillop
as Amber Ducette
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (17)

If Octavia Spencer is God, then Lord, take me to church.

March 6, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Tribune News Service
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It's one of those movies where you'll either decide to give in right away and sob for two hours straight or opt to fight it while your resentment slowly simmers to a rolling boil.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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Based on the sleeper bestseller by Canadian author William P. Young, The Shack offers an enlightening - if dispiriting - vantage on contemporary, non-denominational Christianity.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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The Shack wants to be a sincere exploration of faith and forgiveness but somehow manages to be both too innocuous and too off-putting for its own good.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"The Shack" is a grief-packed journey through loss, bargaining and acceptance that feels like an overly long church sermon.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Most of its running time is taken with mollifying conversations between Mack and the movie's New Age-meets-Bible Belt oversimplifications of the Holy Trinity. It fits right into a long tradition of quasi-mystical pseudo-parables.

March 2, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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If you want to make your Friday more interesting, how about you go see either a different movie or just do whatever you do in common because The Shack isn't worth seeing or even worth sending a little penny. I'm like serious, The Shack never attempts to shine in any sort of way and the actors were killing themselves during production of this film.

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