Parents' Guide to

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Redemption film has strong performance, message, weak story.

Movie PG 2017 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+


This movie was very touching and had a deep message behind the characters.It showed that the heart and spirit of a person can be changed in a positive way.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

Wonderful, funny and poignant

Well acted, funny, great sweet story about second chances, redemption and forgiveness. Love the line, "This is what we do" (forgive). One of my favorite films.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (2):

This faith-based dramedy is well-made and has solid performances, but it suffers from a standard-issue redemption plot that has no surprises and little drama. Dalton is believable as a whiny, washed-up former star, and his gradual evolution from a self-centered brat to someone who cares for other people is admirable. But his story is something we've seen many times before. Co-star Johnson-Reyes doesn't do as much with the material; her portrayal of a pastor's daughter who never dates feels pretty generic. It's clear from the first scene of The Resurrection of Gavin Stone that Kelly will dislike Gavin intensely before she falls for him. Just another reason this journey falls a bit short.

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