Parents' Guide to

The Shift

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violence, drinking in muddled, faith-based sci-fi romance.

Movie PG-13 2023 115 minutes
The Shift Movie Poster: The face of Kevin Garner (Kristoffer Polaha) is at the center of a collage of characters' faces

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 10+

Amazing depiction of good vs evil

Phenomenal movie. The best movie I’ve seen depicting the battle between good and evil. Thankfully it doesn’t take a belief in Christianity to acknowledge the existence of good and evil in this world. This movie is layered and surprisingly deep. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is. I will be taking my tween and teenager to see it.
age 12+

The message that God can give and he can take

Is It Any Good?

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It has decent visual effects and acting, but this faith-based sci-fi drama struggles with an uneven screenplay that doesn't quite manage to mesh the story of Job with a modern-day romance. The Shift is largely about the concept of being tested by God in order to prove your faith while avoiding succumbing to weakness (the devil). But in terms of the story, it doesn't make much sense. Even the Benefactor makes the argument that Kevin being tested is pointless, and it's hard to argue against him. Moreover, there's no particular reason for the Benefactor to "shift" people into different realities, other than the fact that it makes for some cool effects.

Additionally, for some reason, Kevin is famous, known by all as "The Kevin Who Refused." The Benefactor says that all other Kevins in all other realities took his deal. But why is Kevin the important one? What does his fame have to do with anything? There are other plot twists that feel forced, and an ending that, if you think about it for a second, is downright stalker-ish. The Shift has its heart in the right place when it speaks about finding beauty and kindness in the world and arguing that people aren't all bad, but its storytelling logic is so muddled that it doesn't have much hope of reaching beyond the already converted.

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