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The Shack Reviews

March 6, 2017
If Octavia Spencer is God, then Lord, take me to church.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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 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 3, 2017
"The Shack" is a grief-packed journey through loss, bargaining and acceptance that feels like an overly long church sermon.
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 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
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
Even its jolts of surrealism feel curiously stilted; what it needed was a director whose reverence would be tempered by a healthy sense of the ludicrous, an ability to tap into and draw out the material's stranger undercurrents.
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 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
March 2, 2017
As the film passes the two-hour mark, it begins to feel as if it's treading water. People of faith already know that there are no cut-and-dried answers to the kinds of questions Mack is asking.
March 2, 2017
However universal the perennial questions and struggles that The Shack illuminates, under Stuart Hazeldine's plodding direction, its faith-based brand of self-help feels like being trapped in someone else's spiritual retreat - in real time.
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
A Hallmark-card therapy session, a kind of woodland weekend-retreat self-actualization seminar hosted by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
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