Drama - While this drama does have a faith
theme and comes from a Christian
perspective due to the true story in
which it is based, it isn't overly
preachy nor pushes a specific
religious faith and philosophy. The
film takes tough subjects such as
death, but most families will find
this safe viewing for their kids and
can use the film as a starting point
for discussions. Greg Kinnear is
the lead, with other familiar stars
such as Thomas.Haden Church having
Roger EbertFull Review Average I really wanted to like this movie, but it kept poking me in the eye every time I got close to it. My two star, middle of the road rating seems appropriate for a preacher's kid who left the flock 20 years ago, destined never to return. Add two stars to my rating if you're a true believer who goes to church every Sunday. Now subtract half a star from that, because you know God'll strike you for lying about going every Sunday.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The film effectively raises an issue rarely tackled in mainstream studio movies with bankable actors. And it does so with a light touch, resulting in 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.
NY PostFull Review Average A fine cast headed by the underrated Greg Kinnear lifts this year's third major religious movie, the fact-inspired "Heaven Is for Real,'' somewhat beyond its Hallmark Channel-caliber script and visuals.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 209 moviegoers:
WOW! Are the "Professional" movie critics wrong on this movie! This is certainly NOT an "average" movie, according to over 200 moviegoers.
All ages, both males and females, LOVED "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL." Only about 20% of the adults rated it JUST "above average," which still indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Just a tiny percentage rated it "average." This makes "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL" A "MUST SEE MOVIE"
The Burpos are the perfect picture of a small-town Americana family: mom and dad, daughter and son. Young Colton and his dad are inseparable - until an illness lands Colton in the hospital. Fearing they will lose their son, the parents cry out to God to spare him.
While Colton's amazing recovery should lead his family back to normalcy, they quickly discover nothing will ever be the same again. With childlike innocence, Colton begins talking about having visited Heaven and his incredible experiences there - including meeting family members he never knew about.