The Case for Christ

Movie review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Drama about journalist investigating faith has edge.
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 112 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Journalistic investigative processes and Judeo-Christian beliefs are reinforced; depending on their own beliefs, viewers may or may not appreciate the latter. Perseverance is a theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lee Strobel isn't always supportive, but Leslie is committed, and Alfie is a good friend. 


Police shooting discussed, gang themes; blood and injuries shown. Crucifixion and death are discussed in detail, illustrated via paintings. Arguments.


Brief reference to “hookers” and "johns"; kissing.




One of Strobel's books is briefly highlighted.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (beer, champagne), drunken behavior (including driving drunk). Cigarette smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Case for Christ is a faith-based drama that deals with issues/topics including marriage, family dysfunction, and the death of a parent; gangs and shootings are also discussed. Crucifixion is described in detail (from a medical perspective) and illustrated via painting details, and death is also discussed. A married couple kisses, and there are brief references to prostitution. Characters drink, sometimes to excess (one drives drunk on at least one occasion), and there's some cigarette smoking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKyley McClung September 17, 2017

Helpful For Skeptics and Believers Alike

This movie really goes into depth about Atheism and Christianity. It's very informative and I've learned many facts about the crucifixion of Jesus. Fo... Continue reading
Parent of a 15-year-old Written bytooprecious August 24, 2018

Should be watched by everyone!

Powerful! Beyond words., life changing.
Teen, 15 years old Written bytoby woby January 28, 2018

One of the best Christian films I've ever watched!

I really enjoyed this film. One of the things I liked about The Case for Christ is that the Non-Christian characters that aren't shown as some kind of hate... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byictchis May 7, 2017

Venture outside of your box!!

I found this movie really good actually, it was a really good movie about christ. I love how the journalist is on a quest to prove that God is not real, his sto... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on Lee Strobel's autobiographical book of the same name, THE CASE FOR CHRIST tells the story of Strobel (Mike Vogel), a Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative reporter, writer, and atheist who seeks to disprove God's existence. It’s 1980, and Strobel is happily married to Leslie (Erika Christensen) and has just been promoted to legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. But when the Strobels' daughter’s (Haley Rosenwasser) life is saved by an openly Christian nurse (L. Scott Caldwell), Leslie leans in to faith. As his wife's commitment to Christ grows, Strobel uses his journalistic and legal training to disprove the deity's existence. In the process, he fails to focus on a major police shooting case he’s been assigned to investigate, which has unexpected consequences. 

Is it any good?

This faith-based film dramatically chronicles Strobel’s personal struggle with -- and difficult journey toward -- Christianity. It reveals how the facts Strobel collected from priests, scholars, psychologists, and medical doctors created a logical, medically sound argument in support of Jesus’ resurrection. The movie also highlights some of the gaps in the arguments of those who reject God’s existence, including the fact that Jesus was human and flawed. 

Thanks to its more mainstream storytelling style, viewers may find The Case for Christ a little less preachy than similarly themed movies. The focus on journalism gives it a little edge, too. But the film still clearly and openly reinforces a Judeo-Christian belief system. Folks who enjoy Christian-themed dramas will enjoy and/or be inspired by it, but it may not appeal to broader audiences. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Case for Christ's messages and themes. Do you have to be Christian to appreciate them? Is that true for other/most faith-based films?

  • What specific facts did Lee uncover that led him to change his mind about the existence of God? Was it just facts that led him to change his mind? How does the movie depict the journalistic process?

  • What role does drinking play in the story? Are there consequences for substance use? Why is that important?

  • How does the film show the importance of perseverance? Why is that a key character strength?

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