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Heaven is for Real

6/10
Drama . Biography . Family
 

Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Four-year-old Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know.

 
Actors: Greg Kinnear , Kelly Reilly , Connor Corum , Thomas Haden Church , Jon Ted Wynne , Jacob Vargas , Lane Styles , Darren Felbel , Darcy Fehr , Ali Tataryn
Directors: Randall Wallace
Country: USA
Release: 2014-04-16
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  • Steve Persall

    Heaven Is for Real works in mysterious ways for a faith-based movie. It actually leaves room for doubt, in a genre founded on Christian absolutes. Tears aren't jerked; bibles aren't thumped. Believing gets easier.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Thanks to a sensitive performance from Kinnear, as well as from a terrific cast of supporting actors, 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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I doubt many things — almost everything, to be frank — but I have no doubt that my Heaven Is for Real audience slept better that night. Whatever works.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    While Heaven Is for Real asks a lot of questions, it ultimately has no doubt whatsoever about the answers. Take it on faith or not at all.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    This company of actors pulls together and delivers a lot of punch to a pedestrian script inspired by quite an amazing tale.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    A wide-eyed 4-year-old makes a fairly convincing case for the existence of an afterlife in Heaven is for Real. But it's Greg Kinnear — with his characteristic affability — that just about seals the deal.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Those willing to engage may be pleasantly surprised by some of its understated virtues.

    Variety Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Wallace smartly leaves room for skeptics of Burpo's account to maintain their doubt; what matters most is that audiences understand the film character's reasons for choosing to believe his son's vision/dream/delirium.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This movie is bizarre, conflicted, unintentionally hilarious and profoundly mediocre – something like one of those based-on-a-true-story demonic possession yarns, with its polarities reversed – but not stupid in the way you’re probably thinking.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    Heaven is for Real has lots of sweet, Rockwellian imagery of small-town life and family high jinks. What it doesn't have is dramatic tension.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The movie is no religious fringe event. It’s from a major studio (Sony), with an Oscar-nominated star (Greg Kinnear), adapted for the screen by "Braveheart" screenwriter Randall Wallace.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Lewis

    The images of heaven somehow diminish the impact of the boy's experience, perhaps because heaven is just too profound for anyone to film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    Unlike the recent "God’s Not Dead," which is the "Beaches" of faith-based films in that it embodies every single complaint against its genre, Heaven is for Real attempts to cast a wider audience net.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Unfortunately, Heaven Is For Real isn’t really a movie about religion so much as an attempt to appeal to the broadest possible audience of conservative evangelicals.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    What the movie could use is a little more faith — in the power of its message and the art of filmmaking. Instead, Heaven is sincere to a fault, and the closer it gets to heaven, the more it wavers.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    Wallace made a lot of shrewd decisions to sock this movie home, but he can’t entirely overcome the dramatic thinness of the original material.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Written, directed and acted by Hollywood pros, Heaven Is For Real is a polished little movie with a hopeful message, but when it literalizes the divine mysteries, it opens the door to a Doubting Thomas.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Whatever the film’s other failings, it presents an incredible story with a credulous, approachable innocence that it to be envied, whether or not you believe a word of it.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Wallace permits some debate as to what this tale represents – miracle? horror show? evidence of declining anaesthesiology standards? – yet that titular conclusion depends entirely on faith: what's on screen peters out.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    A well-meaning but misshapen movie about the folly of pursuing answers to unanswerable questions.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Preachy and pretty, Heaven is a classy-looking product with a vanilla flavor and a pastel palette.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This heavy-handed movie is simply a sermon its makers think we all should hear.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Drew Hunt

    Heaven Is for Real is by Christians, for Christians, and deliberately, if subtly, antagonistic toward everyone else.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    As much an inspirational email forward as a film, it’s helped by the work of a strong cast and some photography that makes Nebraska look like heaven on earth. That doesn’t make it persuasive, however.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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