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The Shack Reviews

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March 3, 2017
The Shack isn't necessarily a hellish ordeal, but it's no godsend either.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 5, 2017
British director Stuart Hazeldine cranks up the digital effects to give a fairly interesting interpretation of heaven, but they cannot make up for how this is a sermon, turned into a play, dressed up with computer-aided show-and-tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 8, 2017
The Shack will appeal to those who like Christian cinema and put the theme above the technical attributes. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2017
Its copious amounts of cinematic flaws actually render it borderline incoherent and an absolute chore to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 3, 2017
At times The Shack is able to provoke real thought and introspection. But as a movie, it struggles with issues of structure and execution, which no doubt happened in the book-to-film transition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 2, 2017
For a faith-based film that aims to promote spiritual healing and prescribe forgiveness, The Shack is almost unforgivably joyless and visually bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 6, 2017
If Octavia Spencer is God, then Lord, take me to church.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2017
Based on the sleeper bestseller by Canadian author William P. Young, The Shack offers an enlightening - if dispiriting - vantage on contemporary, non-denominational Christianity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 2, 2017
When Worthington and his wacky trio are allowed to loosen up, The Shack radiates with undeniable sweetness, but the darker elements grind it to an unnerving halt.
Full Review | Original Score: C--
March 2, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 7, 2017
Insipid
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 2, 2017
Inspirational books are one thing, inspirational films are another. Readers conjure up worlds of their own, filmgoers are stuck with what's on the screen.
March 2, 2017
For churchgoers it's a nice change of scenery, a visual aid beyond stained glass to reaffirm faith. For the rest of us, it's a trap. We're reminded how cruel the world can be, and if we don't believe in Spencer's pies, we stay miserable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 2, 2017
An important message ... buried under platitudes, sermons and a saccharine score that endlessly plucks at the heart strings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 2, 2017
The Shack is a well-acted and sometimes moving but far too often slow-paced and unconvincing spiritual journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2017
This one nevertheless falls short, thanks to the plodding direction of Stuart Hazeldine, who also lets Worthington engage in the kind of mumbling whisper that some actors mistake for intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 3, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 2, 2017
At more than two hours, the film is too long and the storyline too faith-infused to be truly redemptive for a broader audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2017
"The Shack" is unshakable in its religious message, and that's admirable in a cynical world. But viewed objectively as cinema, it's just not a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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