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God's Not Dead

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Earnest faith-based drama is heavy on dogma.

Movie PG 2014 113 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 24 parent reviews

age 9+

gods not dead

Great movie wonderful loved it so much its the only movie I'm aloud to watch here. it is always on repeat as sit in this chair forever in the basement
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age 8+

Awesome movie

Though many of the ppl here are hating on the movie, it is awesome!!! It speaks the truth about the Bible and God. The acting is pretty good. And the story line is fantastic. A+ rating

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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As Josh, Harper has an easy likability about him, making him an appealing main character to watch. As the stubborn professor who's testing him, Sorbo is also strong. Bravo to them both. Their committed performances are the best part of the film; its overbearing dogma isn't. While God's Not Dead appears to consider other viewpoints about evolution, religion, and philosophy, it fails to give any other ideas much hearing. Which would be fine if the film weren't presenting itself as a thorough intellectual exploration of the age-long debate about the existence of God. But there isn't much room for dissent here.

God's Not Dead has some powerful messages about faith, devotion, and standing up for your beliefs. Still, it does so by villainizing the opposition to oblivion, marinating the movie in self-righteousness. In this world, intellectuals are the enemy, snobby and dismissive. One particularly discomfiting storyline about a Muslim who secretly wants to convert to Christianity is heavy-handed in its portrayal and trades on stereotypes. (The way an Asian character is depicted also suffers from tropes.) But a cameo by the band the Newsboys is fun and joyful.

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