Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 2, 2011
    50
    Seven Days in Utopia obviously isn't targeted at us cynical New Yorkers. But it goes down more smoothly than you'd imagine thanks to Duvall and an excellent supporting cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 1, 2011
    50
    Until Seven Days in Utopia sucker punches you with a surfeit of faith-based platitudes, its upbeat brand of golf mysticism isn't altogether unappealing.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 2, 2011
    40
    There's a climactic putt, of course, but by then you wish Duvall would get one more "Tender Mercies" under his belt so you can forget about this tin cup of a family flick.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 31, 2011
    50
    Lacks surprises.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 1, 2011
    50
    Told in such predictable and bland fashion it dulls the effect. And this in a movie with Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Melissa Leo.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary M. Kramer
    Sep 2, 2011
    40
    Seven Days in Utopia is flawed in so many ways -- the editing, writing, acting and Matthew Dean Russell's direction are uniformly weak -- that this well-intentioned film does its positive messages a disservice.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 1, 2011
    60
    Though the drama has its heartfelt moments, it unrolls as flat as the Texas terrain, cast in an idyllic summer glow.
  8. Reviewed by: Sean OConnell
    Sep 1, 2011
    50
    With all due respect to Cook's novel, another book - the Bible - teaches us that on the seventh day, God gave it a rest. Seven Days in Utopia should have followed His lead.
  9. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Sep 1, 2011
    40
    If the combination of Christian bromides and golf tips strikes you as a recipe for boredom, stay away.
  10. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Aug 30, 2011
    50
    For a time, the film shoulders its hokum rather well, with Black strutting convincingly and Duvall's mouthy mugging mostly in check. But all those shots of heavenly shafts of light eventually climax in unabashed Christian conversion.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Aug 30, 2011
    60
    Provides little more than a pleasantly passable Christian sports parable delivered as a sort of Texan golfer's version of "The Karate Kid."
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Sep 13, 2011
    3
    Boring Christian propaganda flick--reality as they would like it to be rather than what it is. Christian fantasy. This is the kind of worldBoring Christian propaganda flick--reality as they would like it to be rather than what it is. Christian fantasy. This is the kind of world imagined by people wanting to avoid dealing with the world and all it complications. When I was ten I would have enjoyed it. Full Review »
  2. Sep 2, 2011
    7
    A movie with a message,,,what a concept! It is so refreshing to be moved by a movie and feel that it was truly a great investment of time andA movie with a message,,,what a concept! It is so refreshing to be moved by a movie and feel that it was truly a great investment of time and money. Kudos to Robert Duval! Full Review »
  3. Oct 19, 2012
    2
    I think we've found the nominee for time waster of the decade. My main problem with this film was how it only gradually started with ChristianI think we've found the nominee for time waster of the decade. My main problem with this film was how it only gradually started with Christian values in its first three quarters, and then started streamlining them and shoveling them down your throat in the last minutes. It turns into a complete nonredeemable mess. Full Review »