The Shack

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Sentimental faith-based adaptation explores grief, healing.

PG-13 2017 132 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 13 reviews

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age 18+

Not a Christian Film in my opinion

As a Christian I did not agree with a women being God, I did not feel this movie really held much value. God is not a fearing God, an Angry God, or a Punishing God. God gives us the free will to accept HIM or not. I walked out on the movie as I felt there was no sense or realistic truths to this movie. Many people handle loss differently and question why God allowed this to happen. But I just did not spiritually relate to this movie, not uplifting at all.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 11+

Best Description of Trinity Movie

This is by far the best movie I have ever seen, has best understanding of the Holy Trinity, relationship of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit to each other & to us! Thank you Paul Young for this gift to us all!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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