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Parents' Guide to

Sunrise in Heaven

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Lifelong love story with tragic events is rooted in faith.

Movie NR 2019 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

Treacly and poorly-written

This is fairly boiler-plate platitudinal preaching that has come to be the standard of faith-based filmmaking. It is far more interested in preaching than it is in actually making a good film that would have any chance of reaching an audience of people who aren't already converted.
age 5+

Slightly better than a hallmark movie

Ooh boy. I’m trying to think of an accurate way to describe this movie. If one of my friends made this movie for their college capstone class, I’d probably give them a B-. It wasn’t BAD, per say. Low budget, DEFINITELY. Bad acting, yes. Okay message, sure. I’m glad they didn’t vilify anyone in particular, as “Christian” movies tend to do, but the obvious crutches used were on the nose for sure. Magical black man-check/ two young pretty people faced with “adversity”- check/magical thinking will solve our problem-check. I don’t mean to hate on the movie. Like I said, it’s not the worst I’ve ever seen, BUT I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it and would probably not recommend it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Hurst's story reveals a deep commitment to family and spirituality, but despite its earnest messages, there's no escaping the predictability and inherent melodrama. Sunrise in Heaven is an unambiguously religious movie; prayers are offered in many scenes, and most characters are true believers. Corbin Bernsen does his best to bring a one-dimensional bully to life, but the resolution of his story is unbelievable and far too easy. The many solid performances lose their impact when the actors work alongside others who are unpolished or overwrought. Still, the movie should appeal to faith-based audiences and reinforce their heartfelt values.

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