As It Is in Heaven

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  • Summary: Devoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet (John Lina) nears death and his son, Eamon (Luke Beavers), prepares to step forward as their new leader. But, in his last moments, the Prophet insteadDevoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet (John Lina) nears death and his son, Eamon (Luke Beavers), prepares to step forward as their new leader. But, in his last moments, the Prophet instead names newcomer David (Chris Nelson) as his spiritual successor. Expand

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 10, 2014
    80
    Director Overbay, working from an effective screenplay by his wife Ginny Lee Overbay, slowly ratchets up the tension in quietly compelling fashion.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 10, 2014
    80
    This low-budget debut by Joshua Overbay cooks a surprising amount of tension from the barest minimum of ingredients.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Jul 10, 2014
    75
    A disquieting film about testing faith.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jul 11, 2014
    75
    As It Is in Heaven ultimately doesn't go anywhere unexpected, but it does foster a potent, unexpected bond between its subjects and its audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jul 10, 2014
    70
    Overbay's palette is carefully lyrical, at a benumbed Martha Marcy May Marlene pitch, he pays attention to the verdant landscape and keeps his cast at a pensive and watchful low boil.
  6. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Aug 7, 2014
    50
    This journey into "Martha Marcy May Marlene" territory is never as tense and gripping as it should be, the incidents and most of the performances too tamped-down to spark a much-needed sense of animating friction.

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