63

Boston Globe

By 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.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
This company of actors pulls together and delivers a lot of punch to a pedestrian script inspired by quite an amazing tale.
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63

USA Today

By 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.
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50

The Wrap

By 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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

The images of heaven somehow diminish the impact of the boy's experience, perhaps because heaven is just too profound for anyone to film.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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.
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50

Movie Nation

By 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.
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50

New York Post

By 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.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By 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.
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By 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.
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47 out of 100
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