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  • Summary: This romantic coming of age story is based on the memoirs of John H. Groberg, who served as a missionary in the remote Tongan Islands in the 1950's. (Excel Entertainment Group)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Captures a breathtaking exotic landscape cluttered only by the smugness of its characters.
  2. A tad preachy and more than a little bit sanctimonious.
  3. 50
    Easier to sit through than the typical, earnest Christian movie.
  4. 40
    The whole trippy experience is like being held at gunpoint by a Jehovah's Witness at the front door while George Gobel holds forth in the living room on Nickelodeon.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film looks great and makes sophisticated use of digital effects.
  6. 40
    Movies don't get much more wholesome and earnest than The Other Side Of Heaven, a handsomely mounted but empty-headed drama that attempts to do for fresh-faced Mormon missionaries what Top Gun did for cocky fighter pilots.
  7. What sets this syrupy swatch of kitsch apart from other films peddling a dogmatic religious agenda is the serious money that obviously went into it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40
  1. Dec 30, 2013
    Wonderful movie that I stumbled on by accident. Well put together, well acted. I often find that some of the best movies are true (or based on true) stories such as this one. Expand

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