Henry Poole Is Here

User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21

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  1. ChristiM.
    Aug 15, 2008
    8
    Very poignant and touching movie about hope and the power of love.
  2. ChadS.
    Aug 15, 2008
    7
    Some would argue that BYU athletics enjoy a competitive advantage when the NCAA sanctions the religious prerogative of these Cougar jocks to take two-year missions for the Mormon church. Upon returning from their athletic sabbatical, Provo's opponents face a bigger, stronger, and older adversary; the byproduct of entitlement that allows pious folks to operate under different rules Some would argue that BYU athletics enjoy a competitive advantage when the NCAA sanctions the religious prerogative of these Cougar jocks to take two-year missions for the Mormon church. Upon returning from their athletic sabbatical, Provo's opponents face a bigger, stronger, and older adversary; the byproduct of entitlement that allows pious folks to operate under different rules without penalty. As it stands, Henry Poole(Luke Wilson) is quite miffed about this loophole. Trespassing means something else entirely, stripped of its unlawful reputation, if you believe in God like Esperenza(Adriana Barranza), who trespasses in her neighbor's yard because it's God's yard now. God's cashier, a girl named Patience(Rachel Seferth) quotes philosopher/activist Noam Chomsky, who said that "we choose to believe what we want to believe," which perfectly encapsulates the filmmaker's objectivity towards religious expression. "Henry Poole is Here" is a Christian movie, but only if you choose to construe the fortunate circumstances that befall the film's characters as bonafide miracles. Henry is never converted, nor does "Henry Poole is Here" try to convert the audience. This even-handed film also makes the point that all alleged miracles can be logically explained away. Expand
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. The biggest hole in this picture is not so much whether an audience will buy its miracles but whether an audience will care about Henry Poole. Wilson hits the same notes in virtually every scene without any change to his physical rhythms or moods.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Picture's tendency to lecture on the power of faith and religion and on the demerits of science seems to assume an almost childlike audience that needs to be spoon-fed Pablum.
  3. 50
    A film that could have used some of the genuine intrigue of Pellington's thrillers to help offset the increasingly doe-eyed narrative.