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  • Summary: Tyler Doherty is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher and the ultimate pen pal—Tyler's prayers take theTyler Doherty is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher and the ultimate pen pal—Tyler's prayers take the form of letters, which he composes and mails on a daily basis. The letters find their way into the hands of Brady McDaniels, a beleaguered postman standing at a crossroads in his life. At first, he is confused and conflicted over what to do with the letters. But the decision he ultimately makes becomes a testament to the quiet power of one boy's shining spirit and unshakeable faith. (Vivendi Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. A bland, pious yet touching faith-based tearjerker.
  2. Mr. Johnson and Ms. Lively are both pretty good, and with a more nuanced approach could have made this a powerful film.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    50
    With little in the way of story or spectacle to offer nonbelievers, the film itself just preaches to the choir.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    While only the converted will likely see the redemption behind the manipulation, picture delivers a strong enough dose of spiritual saccharine to yield solid if not heavenly returns from its trusty target audience.
  5. 38
    Good looking (it was filmed in Winter Garden) but slow and bland, this faith-based tear-jerker is a depressingly unemotional affair, with writing and some of the acting so flat that even its emotionally loaded situations can’t inspire waterworks.
  6. Letters to God is far too simplistic and pandering to find success outside of the targeted church-going family moviegoers it’s hoping to reach.
  7. I’ve seen sick kids exploited for all sorts of reasons – usually as easy ploys to manipulate emotions but sometimes to sell things or encourage philanthropic outpourings – but Letters to God takes the cake (make that the holy wafer).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    10
    Incredible movie it completely Changed my life!!!People who are not soft or don't have a close personal relationship with God will not enjoyIncredible movie it completely Changed my life!!!People who are not soft or don't have a close personal relationship with God will not enjoy this but if they do it will change their lives forever!!!:-) Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2013
    10
    If anyone give negative reviews for this film will not be saved under the power of sin! Those who give the film positive, will be saved. AndIf anyone give negative reviews for this film will not be saved under the power of sin! Those who give the film positive, will be saved. And those who give mixed or average, will choose to be saved or not! Expand
  3. DougV
    Apr 21, 2010
    10
    This movie had great acting and the ability to show both the good and bad involved in the events. On the one hand you had those that faith in This movie had great acting and the ability to show both the good and bad involved in the events. On the one hand you had those that faith in the healing. On the other hand you had those that were trying to focus on physical only. That is a common struggle in real life and they brought it out well here too. Expand
  4. SandyB
    Apr 13, 2010
    9
    This movie portrays real life and raw humanity that anyone can identify with. I found it inspiring and challenging, which is why the This movie portrays real life and raw humanity that anyone can identify with. I found it inspiring and challenging, which is why the criticism of this film, its makers, and its cast does not surprise me. Expand
  5. BrendaB
    Apr 19, 2010
    8
    I thought that the movie was good. It's easy to dismiss this as another one of those preachy films but I thought that the movie I thought that the movie was good. It's easy to dismiss this as another one of those preachy films but I thought that the movie addressed topics that made it unique. I liked that it showed the struggle among the characters in keeping their faith, since we've all reached a point in our lives where we just felt like giving up. If you allow yourself to believe, then you will appreciate this film. Expand
  6. PaulE
    Apr 11, 2010
    8
    I find it not surprising that the majority of negative reviews come from so-called critics who will give "Thumbs up" to the highly I find it not surprising that the majority of negative reviews come from so-called critics who will give "Thumbs up" to the highly controversial sex laden tripe that liberals seem to relish. Expand
  7. BenA
    Apr 15, 2010
    0
    This film finally made me realize that there is no god.

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