God's Not Dead

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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 334 Ratings

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  • Summary: Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, inPresent-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Mar 23, 2014
    40
    The film has entertaining moments, but these are clearly secondary to its proselytizing intentions.
  2. 38
    The pace is stumbling, the characters are broad, the makeup and the performances uneven, though Sorbo dives into his tactless, unethical indoctrinator role with Satanic glee.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Mar 23, 2014
    20
    Even grading on a generous curve, this strident melodrama about the insidious efforts of America’s university system to silence true believers on campus is about as subtle as a stack of Bibles falling on your head.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    20
    Ban this sick filth.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 24, 2014
    16
    Even by the rather lax standards of the Christian film industry, God’s Not Dead is a disaster.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 28, 2014
    0
    Any just God would likely recoil from the ham-fisted and spurious defense put forth in this film.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 142
  2. Negative: 74 out of 142
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    I came from Europe and I went to see this movie, which I thought is another American irrelevant movie, but I realize that this movie has to beI came from Europe and I went to see this movie, which I thought is another American irrelevant movie, but I realize that this movie has to be seen by each one of us. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    I loved it. I would recommend the movie to others, friends and family alike. I don't know the motivation behind other negative reviews, butI loved it. I would recommend the movie to others, friends and family alike. I don't know the motivation behind other negative reviews, but I can honestly say it was nicely put together and performed. Expand
  3. Mar 22, 2014
    9
    It seemed like a Hollywood A-movie and yet a Christian movie. Well-acted, produced and directed per normal Hollywood standards, I thought.It seemed like a Hollywood A-movie and yet a Christian movie. Well-acted, produced and directed per normal Hollywood standards, I thought. Engaging from start to finish. I was not fidgety in my seat.

    The movie was not just the debate. There was drama. If you are a father or daughter, especially from an Asian culture, and even if you are of Western origin, there is a moment in the movie when you will be moved with a surge of simultaneous emotions (intense sadness, compassion, suspense, hope, etc.), so much so that there is lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I write this. I can still see the torment on the father's face (an actor whom I have never seen before) and the daughter's anguish.

    I would see this movie again if only to see that part again.

    The debate is only about 20-25 percent of the movie. There is a bunch of other situations involving relationships, conflicts and life choices we all make, all smoothly and engagingly woven into the main storyline that moves at a very good pace.

    For Christians in the habit of watching faith programs, studying the Bible, reading faith books and regularly attending church and Sunday school there won't be much new in the debate. Nominal Christians and non-Christians who are intellectually honest will find the debate interesting, enlightening, even persuasive, and a couple of unexpected twists in the story captivating.

    I had never heard a particular Steven Hawking assertion (not mentioning it here because I don't want to spoil the movie for you) which the Christian student uses in the debate. There may be things like that many may not have read or heard before.

    What should have struck me long before the movie is how atheists and progressives tend to fast-talk their arguments (apparently to impress the common man with their intellectual superiority by attempting to prevent the man's brain from catching up with what they are saying) while believers and conservatives tend to be slow and deliberative in what they say because they want people to truly understand what they are writing and saying.

    Reminds me of a math major roommate I had in the Army who sent a girl a letter with the stamp deliberately affixed to the envelope upside down. He explained to me that the upside down stamp usually is a coded or subconscious message that the sender has romantic interest in the receiver. When the girl took the bait he went through this [faulty] probability reasoning to impress her, "proving" that the stamp was upside down merely by dumb chance.

    I believe it will be well worth the time and money you spend on this movie. I hope you won't miss it. If you are a Christian it will help you help others. If you are not a Christian I believe it will indeed entertain you at a minimum or change your life in a way you now think is impossible.
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  4. Nov 9, 2014
    3
    Although I enjoyed the central idea that God is not dead, it was like watching a 400lb man in a bikini riding a moped with two flat tires. IfAlthough I enjoyed the central idea that God is not dead, it was like watching a 400lb man in a bikini riding a moped with two flat tires. If you want your Christ without all the baggage, try 'A Course In Miracles'. Expand
  5. May 8, 2015
    1
    Yet another self-righteous piece of crap from people who suffer from severe persecution complex. It's preaching to the choir; this is what theYet another self-righteous piece of crap from people who suffer from severe persecution complex. It's preaching to the choir; this is what the religious right watches before writing their articles on Conservative Tribune or whatever. It has WAY too many plots and sub-plots, to the point of me saying "what the hell is going on?". It lacks any likeable characters, with the possible exception of the evil, oh so despicable, atheist professor. Kevin Sorbo does a half-decent job of portraying the evil atheist (and it's clear he has a lot of fun with the role), but even his character is too ridiculous to suspend belief. And there's a Muslim girl who is persecuted by her dad, because of course there is. I can see this film becoming a cult classic due to how awful it is, sharing that dubious honor with the likes of Reefer Madness and Troll 2.
    Youth Church leaders who are looking for a christian film to show their youth should AVOID THIS TRASH at all costs. Show Facing the Giants or To Save a Life instead.
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  6. Apr 30, 2016
    0
    Unremittingly awful. Paint the protagonist as a likeable, earnest student and his antagonist as an a-hole of a college professor whom no one,Unremittingly awful. Paint the protagonist as a likeable, earnest student and his antagonist as an a-hole of a college professor whom no one, not the most convinced atheist could like and who commits logical blunders any real philosophy prof would scream at. Have the student trot out all the usual dreary arguments for the existence of a big guy in the sky and you have a piece of propaganda only the blind legions of the true believers can enjoy. I didn't, couldn't, watch all the way to the end but I am guessing the prof was converted and that God was voted into existence by those poor classmates. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2015
    0
    This was the worst movie I have ever seen. To start with it fails to prove that God exists through science. I believe God does exist andThis was the worst movie I have ever seen. To start with it fails to prove that God exists through science. I believe God does exist and that science can prove it. But this movie failed to do so. Then the clear message of the movie is good vs evil which is Christians vs everyone else- Atheists and Muslims to be specific. Not a good way to get people to believe. The acting is also horrible. Really I cannot believe anyone took this movie seriously at all. Expand

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