Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    50
    It's an agreeable enough tale right up until God butts in and starts talking; even if you can swallow the premise, it isn't particularly cinematic to watch a guy endlessly scribbling on legal pads.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    50
    Beyond a lack of enthralling characters or convincing plotting, though, what's most glaringly missing in this self-promotional marketing tool is, of all things, God, who gets only a bit role as Walsch's muse in a few scenes.
  3. 50
    If Simon's desire to feed the better angels of our nature is admirable, it would be nice if he could do it with better movies.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    50
    Mr. Walsch’s books have sold millions of copies, and his devotees may flock to this movie. Other seekers of enlightenment might prefer the 2004 New Age curiosity "What the Bleep Do We Know!?," whose playful sense of scientific inquiry is refreshing by comparison.
  5. Has some of the ring of truth, even though the movie lingers far too long over its own epiphanies.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    50
    More polished and better acted than many "inspirational" biopics.
  7. If, like me, you haven't read this book, the movie makes little sense, and has zero inspirational kick. It's just a depressing parable about a fellow who sinks lower and lower in life until he figures out a nebulous new way to sell God to the masses.
  8. Reviewed by: William Lobdell
    40
    Conversations has all the telltale signs of a religious film that keep your basic moviegoer away: stilted dialogue, overwrought music, the subtlety of a daytime soap.
  9. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    Corny and harmless, Conversations With God is a humanistic little movie with a real belief in the power of redemption and a positive enough message: “Love is the answer.” Or: “Go to your Godspace.” Whichever speaks more clearly to you.
  10. Despite valiant efforts from Czerny and from the fine stage actress Vilma Silva, who plays one of Walsch's many saviors, the result would qualify as a blandly inspirational amateur hour if the running time weren't closer to two.
  11. One of Walsch's precepts is that you should never make a living doing something you hate. If I'd known that, I might not have felt obliged to sit through every excruciating minute of this sanctimonious infomercial.
  12. 38
    The movie itself frustrates by guarding the secret of Walsch's newfound spirituality.
  13. The movie appears to be a contrived, poorly produced attempt to sell more of the author's books.
  14. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    25
    An achingly sincere but often staggeringly inept attempt to introduce Walsch's message to movie audiences.
  15. 0
    God, if you exist, why do you keep letting morons like Walsch get rich?
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. GeorgeC
    Mar 13, 2007
    0
    This is a bad film with a total lack of inspiration. I feel sorry for the people who are actually impressed by this film. I would only This is a bad film with a total lack of inspiration. I feel sorry for the people who are actually impressed by this film. I would only recommend it to the narrow-minded viewers who are looking to validate their conventional views. Full Review »
  2. SteveW
    Nov 20, 2006
    9
    I feel sorry for people who are genuinely bothered by this film or the premiss. I was expecting it to be much worse than it was given the I feel sorry for people who are genuinely bothered by this film or the premiss. I was expecting it to be much worse than it was given the lackluster to quite negative reviews the normal critics were giving it. No, it doesn't have the glitz or the all-star line up of a big money film. But, for what it is and what I heard before seeing the film, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted in general. I would recommend it to anyone familiar with Walsh's story or anyone who has an open mind when it comes to life's meaning and the possibilities of what lies beyond what we cannot perceive with our 5 physical senses. Full Review »
  3. RuthW.
    Oct 28, 2006
    2
    Neal Donald Walsch truly is the Mary Baker Eddy of his day! You can't blame the guy for trying (and succeeding) at creating his own Neal Donald Walsch truly is the Mary Baker Eddy of his day! You can't blame the guy for trying (and succeeding) at creating his own religion. After all, "Mother Mary" (Baker Eddy), and Joseph Smith with his lieutenant, Brigham Young created the mold from which Neal Donald has extracted his own image---that of simple Savior to the masses! In this age of aggrevated annoyances in daily life and spiritual platitudes from the pulpit, a nice quiet conversation with God seems innocent enough, though I believe it is sometimes called a "mental illness" when the preoccupation gets to the level perpetrated by Mr. Walsch. As Walsch scribbles away with religious fervor, one certainly does not hear the truth with the same impact as if God were speaking from a burning bush. Re-acquainting oneself with the power contained within Old Testament might be more edifying than this movie. Full Review »