Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. It is inspirational in characterizing how people from such diverse cultures share the same human and spiritual needs.
  3. A tad preachy and more than a little bit sanctimonious.
  4. Earnest, fact-based drama is marred only by the fact that it wants desperately to save your soul.
  5. 50
    Easier to sit through than the typical, earnest Christian movie.
  6. Handsome and sincere but slightly awkward in its combination of entertainment and evangelical boosterism.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Willman
    Slick, fact-based, missionary-themed drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Rousing, family-friendly item has a big, epic look and state-of-the-art visual effects, which help to make pic -- a high-profile example of the mainstreaming of Christian entertainment.
  9. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The film looks great and makes sophisticated use of digital effects.
  10. 40
    A fine specimen of clean-cut Mormon family entertainment, but it may also be a step in the wrong direction for the fledgling production company.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Strangely coy about its denominational allegiance.
  13. 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.
  14. 38
    The film is supposed to be about tolerance, but the only acceptance comes in terms of how the islanders accept the Mormon teachings. Somehow, that doesn't quite feel divine.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Suffers from suspense-killing righteousness.
  16. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. HowardY.
    Mar 26, 2008
    I very much enjoyed this movie, as it DID provide wholesome family entertainment that refrained from the use of violence, sex, or profanity. However, I feel that I must point out to those who did not enjoy the movie, that this was not "Mormon" propaganda, as no one forced you to watch this, and that the film was intended, not limited to, but for Mormons. It was a film that was intended to tell a story about service and self-sacriice, not one of preachiness or "propaganda". Full Review »
  3. SalomeK.
    Sep 18, 2006
    It was a wonderful movie but it makes me homesick for my Island.