Parents' Guide to

Beyond the Farthest Star

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Faith-based family redemption story with mature themes.

Movie PG-13 2015 119 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Amazing moving movie!

Starts off slow and mysterious, then speeds up and becomes very complex, till you're on the edge of your seat! Great Christian themes of endurance through difficult situations and suffering. Fantastic ending will make you cry.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 14+


This is the most powerful movie on forgiveness I have ever see. Must see.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

Earnest, competent, and with fine performances, this religious drama primarily about family dissension and emotional disorders gets bogged down simply by too many subsidiary themes and plotlines. Subplots included or at least touched upon are: civil liberties and the boundaries of the church, a teen romance, murder, a young girl's mental issues ("cutting," attempted suicide), a brutalizing alcoholic parent, and the possible rekindling of an old affair. Add to that flashbacks of a leading character's difficult childhood, along with a shady connection between two seemingly unrelated characters, and Beyond the Farthest Star simply can't provide the depth and attention that's necessary. A prime example of that is a reference to the teen's medical diagnosis and subsequent treatment; it just isn't enough. Still, for folks who like movies with strong messages about facing up to one's mistakes, the value of honest communication, and faith-assisted redemption, this show will find an audience.

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