Based on 400 votes and 145 reviews
The whole thing is a deus ex machina.
This was ridiculously disappointing compared to the book and if you're not religious you may appreciate the overall message but will hate it in general
Magnificent, a masterpiece! When you watch this movie, you'll receive revelations of God's love for you in a whole new way!
Loved this Movie. There should be additional Movies, Written, Directed & Produced like this. I think all of the Actors deserve an Oscar for their Outstanding Performance! Awesome Movie!
I read this book six. Years ago when our Son died! This was my saving grace and got me through the darkest time! My husband hadn't read it but went to see the movie and loved it! Very thought provoking
I came just watched this movie without any previous knowledge on what it was going to be about. Just like Sam Worthington, and I will be showing it to my 11yr old daughter, and 8yr old son next. This movie was so uplifting and powerful. Beautifully illustrates one mans journey from sorrow to forgiveness, set amongst a landscape, almost as beautiful as the journey itself. I am Christian and can't understand how any Christian couldn't appreciate the message. A look at what a true relationship with God looks like. Well done!
MORE than pleasantly surprised that the characters come through in the movie just as I envisioned them in the book! Movie has a few gaffs such as the wife being so emotionally strong that she appears almost indifferent and Mac starts getting spiffed up for church after he gets to know God (that's religion, not the relationship God wants with us all and this allegory otherwise so beautifully portrays), but the (true to the New Testament) reset on judgment per chapter 11 is fantastic (if a bit too short) - a message I hope many religious people will take to heart! Only wish the movie could have been long enough to tell the whole story, but the right edits were made for time restraints. See the movie, but read the book! .. then get to know the real Jesus - who ends religion.
I'm a father of 3, and have been dealing poorly with PTSD related to military service. When the father told the oldest girl that 'none of this was her fault' an emotional dam broke in me. I have been so selfish in my pain. This movie moved me like no other.
a religion movie and is not good
I read the book some years ago, saw the movie and just re-read the book. It was very motivating and helped me to understand God as a Holy Trinity. The questions we all tend to ask were there. Forgiveness, trust in a all knowing - all loving God and repentance is implied. The beauty of the message is we need to RE-Turn to God as we are, not with a burden checklist of things to do, in order to receive His Mercy & Grace. To know that He is not behind the bad things that happen, but can help us thru them if we trust and have an open/constant relationship with Him. See the movie helped me better understand the Bible and release the great sadness.
This movie was very powerful and showed the importance and need to have FAITH IN AND TRUST IN GOD ALMIGHTY!
Awsome!! It touched my soul!!
Fabulous! Great illustration of how the trinity is separate but still unified in purpose.
Not a good movie, poor acting and story doesn't mean a thing, Do better.
It was a good movie about the 5 stages of overcoming grief. The stages were not as clearly defined as in other movies but the message got through. To have the holy trinity take responsibility for the recovery is one way to look at it.
This was a very inspirational movie and yet it is has received harsh criticism from Christian reviewers that seem to miss the point. I am Christian. The point of this movie is about love, forgiveness, and that life can and does go on past the tragedies of our lives. It seems to me that so many Christians have a need to "pigeon hole" who or what God is, who Christ was/is, what the Holy Spirit is and what Wisdom is. These entities have as many dimensions and meanings as there believers. This movie touched me in the deepest and most profound way. I saw it twice and it left me even more breathless the second time. The effect it had upon me was to bring me to a place of forgiveness in an area of my life that I was not able to. If a movie can do that to one person, well, then it is worth every penny it took to make it. But I have talked to countless many who saw this movie and one of the fruits was that of forgiveness. This movie paralleled the book like most do not. It was very well done and I just might see it a third time. I am not one to see a movie even a second time. Kudos for the producer and director.
I've never been so inspired by a movie as I was by "The Shack". I've held on to grudges and hates for many years and this beautiful movie taught me how to let go of all of those negative feelings. The story line is beautifully crafted, the acting is real to life and I highly recommend this to everyone who needs a relief from holding on to past events that are keeping you from being the happy and spiritually healthy person you want to be. Forget any negative press you may have read....it's just the negative forces trying to prevent you from knowing that our Heavenly Father is always with us and loves us unconditionally. Can't wait for it to come on Blu-ray.
This is the BEST movie ever....please don't listen to the negative reports, nothing could be farther from the truth!! Beautifully illustrates God's unconditional love, grace and forgiveness for ALL.
This is the most spiritual and accurate account of what faith is. An absolute must see. I have seen it 2 times and plan to see again tonight and purchase as soon as available!
Wonderful story. Touched my heart and spirit. Coming to see it again Easter Sunday. I've read the book three times, and this will be the third time I will see the movie again. I will buy the movie when it comes out. I am a Christian as well.
This movie touched my soul
A thought-provoking and fascinating movie with many levels of meaning to understand. It is not just a story but a personal spiritual journey. I want to see it again. Very meaningful. I loved it so much.
Excellent story...as good as the book
Wonderful presentation of God's love and forgiveness. The actors were great! Nothing was lost from the book to the movie. I loved it, shed some tears and was encouraged to keep trusting God.
Represents the book well. Beautiful scenery,healing message.
Sam Worthington was in WAY over his head. The film drives its points home like the audience is a bunch of 8 year-olds. It's TERRIBLE!!
Won't see it. I refuse to pay to see a movie that forgives a killer, drives parents insane enough to think they got a letter from God which then explains the horrific truth from a twisted mind that somehow sees his 'work' as beautiful.
You leave the theater with lots of questions answered and lots to think about.
What a fantastic Movie I was afraid it wouldn't be as good as the book. It was even better than the book and the acting was fantastic.
This is a movie you should take entire family to see. In fact most of the theater were kids w parents and grandparents. We have seen it twice and may see it a 3rd time. Serious issues like death, the cycle of abuse, loss of faith are addressed. But so well done you will feel refreshed by the end. With so many dooms day and violent movies, this was a wonderful change.
This movie was great,makes me want to be even closer to Jesus. This was about relationships..it was a movie about forgiveness, no matter how hard..Jesus says we must forgive so he can redeem.....
The way Christ has to come to us individually in the state of mind that were in. No cussing, sex or massive killing.
Just a fantasy of a new age person who hopes God is like this. Not based on scripture or revelation from God. Portrays God as Santa Clause. No repentance required, everyone's sins are forgotten.
I liked every thing about this movie. I am now reading the book and I plan on seeing the shack again. God was always important to me but I know Jesus died for me and is always with me. Marilyn
The movie was a stunning non religous picture of Daddy, (Poppa) Jesus and Holy Spirit. For anyone who is looking for a relationship with God, go and see this movie. I read the book a few times and got a lot out of the movie. The visual depiction was delightful. A stunning portrayal of the truth of Who our God really is. Don't go looking for a theological review but go with an open heart and be amazed. It doesn't hurt that the atmosphere is extremely comfortable.
I read the book four times it was so good. This movie is so amazing, everyone should see it. I plan on seeing it again. The messages were very powerful and uplifting.