Parents' Guide to

The Miracle Season

By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tragic loss rocks, then inspires team in true sports story.

Movie PG 2018 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

Super Fun Film

Great film. Team down on their luck strive to regain their competitive edge. Great film for parents to show their child what can be achieved by hard work and a strong team ethic. Very nice film but be prepared to have some tissues with you for the tear jerky moments.
age 11+

Loved it, tears and all!

This is an intense movie and all 3 moms in our group cried almost the entire time. Although the five 12-year-olds only got sad a bit, no tears. Our kids are volleyball players so that made the movie probably even better for us, but it still is a good movie for everyone. Actually anyone with kids in sports would benefit from and enjoy this movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (11 ):

This movie is a fairly effective, if over-polite, tearjerker, with good sports sequences. The Miracle Season feels a bit too sanitized; even when terrible tragedy strikes, the characters keep their language clean. No one drowns their sorrows, and no one even really gets into an argument. Portraying grief realistically is an extremely difficult line for any film to toe, and The Miracle Season definitely errs on the side of caution. (Interestingly, the filmmakers chose to make the circumstances of Line's death less clean than they actually were; in real life, she was on her way home from a church event, while here, it's a teen party, which unintentionally raises uncomfortable questions that were quickly dispelled in reality -- drugs and alcohol were not factors in her crash.) That ends up making the drama feel a bit limited, preventing viewers from experiencing the full depth of the characters' feelings. Which is a shame, because Hunt and Hurt are both Oscar winners. The former is fine as the emotionally shielded coach; she's believable, but we get little insight into who she is. Hurt, meanwhile, has a couple of affecting scenes as the grieving father and widower. In the lead role, Moriarty ably holds the screen with those two veterans and sympathetically portrays a girl coping with a dreadful loss while becoming what her team needs her to be. And in her brief appearance as Line, Yarosh infuses her scenes with quirky energy and warmth.

Without much in the way of suspense (the title rather gives away the game; we can be fairly sure they're going to compete for the title again, or else it might have been called They Were Unable to Overcome a Tragedy) -- or the emotional danger of exploring the depth of the grieving -- the film still manages to move due to moments like Hurt's scenes. And the volleyball sequences are well captured and exciting because, let's face it, volleyball is awesome. Miracle Season is suitable for most ages and delivers a message of perseverance and honoring lost loved ones.

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