I Can Only Imagine

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
I Can Only Imagine Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 10+

Poignant faith-based drama about hit song's inspiration.

PG 2018 110 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 21 reviews

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.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 10+

Inspiring and well done

Great movie. Our whole family enjoyed it... teens, parents and grandparents. I’ve loved this song for years and now love it even more. The movie has a wonderful message of forgiveness, love and hope, and is very well done. Definitely worth seeing.
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Expected more

Pros: mended relationship through forgiveness Cons: expected to know more on how Bart came to be a Christian. It was touching, as many movies like this are. The movie spent much time with very little Christ leading. Not since "Time Changer" have I seen repentence and commitment on focusing what happens when Christ in not lifted up. Not saying the song is wrong or the purpose, I would love to see more Christ - centeredness in our media today.
1 person found this helpful.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Hillsong: Let Hope Rise Poster Image

    Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

    Moving concert docu is ideal for Christian teens, families.

    age 8+
  • Grace Unplugged Poster Image

    Grace Unplugged

    Predictable prodigal daughter tale with Christian message.

    age 11+
  • Woodlawn Poster Image


    Heartwarming fact-based drama about faith, race, football.

    age 10+

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Holding hands
    See all
  • Young child laughing
    See all
  • Kids in class
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon image of a microphone
    Music and Sing-Along
    See all

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