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Miracles from Heaven

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Good acting can't save earnest, faith-based family drama.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

It's easy to get discouraged in a crisis, but being able to believe that somehow things will work out for the best is critical. Family is more important than anything, and perseverance can pay off. If you're confident in what you believe, it doesn't matter whether others feel the same way. Perseverance and sacrifice pay off.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Christy and her husband, Kevin, face a terrible situation and come through it stronger; ultimately the experience brings the entire family closer together. Christy is tireless in advocating for her daughter and helping her through her illness; Dr. Nurko is patient and upbeat with his young patients. Pastor Scott is supportive, accessible, and practical. Anna endures her illness better than you'd expect for a child of her age; she rarely gives into frustration or doubt (largely because of her faith). A few of the Beams' fellow churchgoers are portrayed as judgmental, but they're not meant to be sympathetic.


A young girl takes a fall while climbing a tree, potentially sustaining fatal injuries. Many tearful rants/confrontations between both adults and kids and parents; stress, tension, and fear. A young girl is gravely ill.


Kevin Beam is briefly shirtless early in the film. Marital affection.


Infrequent use of words/phrases including "sucks," "oh my God," and "hell."


Boston Children's Hospital and Courtyard Hotels are both used as locations; Angry Birds seen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miracles from Heaven is a drama based on the real-life experiences of a Texas family whose daughter suddenly develops a debilitating, mostly untreatable illness. Her mother (Jennifer Garner), who faces a crisis of faith over the situation, fights fiercely for her daughter's survival; the movie focuses on the ways that such a situation can strain even the strongest family. Ultimately the message is that maintaining your faith that things will work out is both difficult and necessary. There's no drinking or sex and very little language ("oh my God" and "sucks" are about it), but characters argue and get very emotional, and some of the scenes featuring very sick children could be unsettling for younger viewers. One child is also involved in a serious accident late in the film.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMelissa Mom March 18, 2016

My kids loved it

I went with my husband and two boys, age 10 and 7. My kids love Christian movies, even the ones that are probably too old for them. But this one is great. I... Continue reading
Adult Written byNothanku March 26, 2016

Inspiring Movie

Even though the previews tell most of the storyline, the movie goes deep into the grieving parents go through when their child is terminally ill. Very sensitiv... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bytogitogi123 March 19, 2016
Kid, 9 years old March 16, 2016

Very religious mature story about ill child

This is a magical mother-daughter kind of movie. It was extremely religious (Christian). A much enjoyed movie. I cried the entire time though. It's really... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the memoir by Christy Beam, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN follows the Beam family's experiences as middle daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers), a spunky 10-year-old, comes down with an untreatable, likely digestive disorder. Anna's mom, Christy (Jennifer Garner), is completely demoralized watching her little girl waste away, especially when even the best doctor in the country (Eugenio Derbez) can do little to slow the effects of her condition. But just when all seems lost, a terrible accident could actually be just the miracle the Beams have been waiting for. and Martin Henderson

Is it any good?

Watching a child inch closer to death is definitely a somber experience, but viewers shouldn't get too upset; no matter how bad things seem, the film's title is a major clue to how things will end. You can spot Miracles from Heaven's destination from the onramp. And while the extremely earnest drama is pretty predictable (and underwhelming), it does boast a strong cast -- especially Garner as a mom who nearly breaks under her huge burden and Derbez as the sympathetic, Patch Adams-esque doctor. The film is well-made and certainly inspirational, but in the end it's just not all that entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters in Miracles from Heaven exhibit perseverance. Why is this an important character strength?

  • The film is based on the Beam family's real-life experiences; do you think this is what happened in real life? Does it matter whether viewers believe?

  • Do you think filmmakers generally stick close to the facts in movies based on true stories? Why might they decide to change things?

  • Who you think Miracles from Heaven is most intended to appeal to? Do you think it's for people who already profess a faith, or will it appeal to others equally?

Movie details

For kids who love drama

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