Based on the book by Todd Burpo.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
" A well-acted, family-friendly and timely movie for Easter audiences that is just as much about appreciating life on Earth as it is about what comes after. "
" Although it has some serious flaws, it rises above genre fare, thanks to Greg Kinnear's intriguing performance and the work of a good cast. "
" Heaven Is for Real is the kind of movie that will give faith-based filmmaking a good name. "
" It is the rapport between Kinnear and the boy that really holds the film together. They make the father-son relationship believable in a way that grounds "Heaven" and gives it some of its best moments. "
" Kinnear does an excellent job of capturing Burpo's obvious dilemma and the turmoil he and his wife endure as they work through this critical time in the life of their family. "
" One of the finest achievements of director Randall Wallace's smartly crafted family film is the way Todd Burpo becomes the story's most driven and sincere doubter. "
" The faithful should welcome it warmly. Others may come away unconvinced while appreciating the film's sincerity and lack of anti-secular axes being ground. "
" Unlike many of the features targeted to what Hollywood is calling the "faith audience," the movie is well-acted and shot, often thoughtful and (intentionally) funny. "
" What could have been merely a feel-good exercise in Eschatology Lite instead becomes a wholesome but also surprisingly tough-minded portrait of a man wrestling with his faith. "
" Whatever works. "
" A supposedly true story that uses faulty logic to reduce the complexity of faith to a fairy-tale. By rights, it should displease atheists and believers alike. "
" Given its declarative title, "Heaven Is for Real" should have built a more convincing case. "
" Heaven is For Real stops feeling like a drama and more like an illustrated religious pamphlet. "
" Kinnear ... remains a consistent screen presence, even if the material he's been handed lately rarely matches his talents. "
" Leaves you feeling the film has somehow missed its mark, copping out with a mealymouthed, almost relativistic reading of the cosmic conundrum it has presented us with ... "
" Preachy and pretty, "Heaven" is a classy-looking product with a vanilla flavor and a pastel palette. "
" The images of heaven somehow diminish the impact of the boy's experience, perhaps because heaven is just too profound for anyone to film. "
" There's no antagonist, no resolution, and no real climax - just a series of mildly charming scenes in which Colton shares heavenly knowledge while his family reacts with awestruck tears. "
" This heavy-handed movie is simply a sermon its makers think we all should hear. "
" We might have expected more from writer-director Randall Wallace, who brought us the Oscar-nominated "Braveheart." But the material is pretty cookie-cutter and more typical of an afterschool special. "
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