Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Suffers from suspense-killing righteousness.
  3. 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.