Parents' Guide to

Do You Believe?

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Drama is well-acted but more political than religious.

Movie PG-13 2015 115 minutes
Do You Believe? Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

Excellent! A must to watch!!!!

This movie was absolutely the best movie and done via modern day it really makes you want to go out and do more for Christ. I’m a Christian, mom, wife, and nurse so it definitely opened my eyes to share God’s word more everyday. Thank you so much for making this movie...

This title has:

Great messages
age 13+


It's about Jesus, emotional, funny, relatable, good actors, a story beautifully told. Also has its bits of action and lots of hope. I will recommend to all my friends!

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (2):

Until recently, most faith-based movies have had to settle for one or two recognizable actors; this one might boast the most familiar group of established actors ever to appear in a Christian movie. Most of them are listed as associate producers, meaning they'll contractually receive back-end profits (perhaps part of the formula to help these movies attract better ensembles?). In this case, the actors all do their best with the heavy-handed script. If it had focused on the characters' stories of love and compassion (the pastor taking in the pregnant teen, the church janitor helping both the repentant criminal and the homeless single mom, the suicidal couple), it would have been an effective story about God's love. But the political overtones and the subtle race issues make the movie more problematic.

It stumbles the most with the EMT's subplot, which stretches the boundaries of believability by stereotyping atheists, unions, and prosecutors. The messages about race are particularly mixed. Although Pastor Matthew's congregation is multicultural, the movie's central steadfast Christians are all white men, and the people of color almost all end up redeemed but dead. Bottom line? Yes, Do You Believe? has an actual narrative, but if you aren't the kind of person who likes seeing literal sermons (as in, actors playing pastors delivering messages from a pulpit), this isn't the movie for you.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate