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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Faith drama based on true story has some war imagery.

Movie PG-13 2020 113 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

What is told here is not based on truth.

I have been to Fatima. I have walked the stations of the cross. I have been to the convent . . A multitude of miracles happened at Fatima not told in the movie. Ignore the movie and read about what happened. Most important pray the Rosary on the first Saturday that you may experience the miracle God in your own life first hand.
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age 8+

Great Movie with a Must Needed Message!

I have been reading about the miracles at Fatima for years and was happy they finally made a current movie about them. I do wish they had included more of what really happened and portrayed the Angel of Peace much better, but overall a great film to give people a bases of what occurred then and the warnings that continue today.

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Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Marco Pontecorvo's first English-language feature as a director won't make the angels sing, but it's everything you'd expect from a longtime cinematographer: It's beautifully shot. Dark caves, dingy homes, and drab clothing are made more dynamic, while angelic beings and the purity of children's faces shine bright. The gorgeous photography in Fatima shifts your brain's expectations: This isn't what we've come to expect from the typical low-budget faith-based film. Rather, this is a big production about characters of faith. For those (still) waiting for the moment when stories of faith really go mainstream, this is a step in that direction.

Unfortunately, the script doesn't carry an emotional impact and, therefore, doesn't engage viewers in what should be an earth-shattering tale. By the time we get to the miracle, it's frankly underwhelming. The audience most likely to be singing the movie's praises will be adults seeking insight -- and, of course, those of faith. To parents hoping to show -- not just tell -- their kids that miracles exist or to explain Mariology, this film falls flat. The idea that the Virgin Mary would show children gruesome images of war and a pope being shot in the head, take them on a journey to hell, and tell them that they personally must "suffer greatly" to end a world war and bring home their family members doesn't jibe with most modern-day Christian teachings. Pontecorvo does his best to bring the story to today's audiences by including a more modern-day author who's a skeptic, allowing him to ask a lot of hard questions. But most kids aren't going to be hanging on to find the answer -- they're going to wonder when they can leave the room.

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