I wondered why the critics obviously panned it (29%) but the audiences loved it (92%). Five of the only seven critics rated the movie "rotten". But 2,804 viewers obviously loved it.
After watching the movie and then reading what the critics said about it, it's pretty clear that their dislike of the film probably had little to do with what they used as their reason.
So what was the real reason they didn't like it? Well for starters there was no killing, no sex, no profanity and no special effects. And there was a faith component, and yes, even references to God in it. Of course in "progressive" Hollywood, God is persona non grata. But the critics couldn't say that could they? So instead they say because it was racist blah blah blah.
But here's the kicker. The story is based on real human beings Denver Moore, Ron and Debbie Hall, and based on a real story with references to spirituality and dare I say it, God. The book was also on the New York Times best-seller list for 12 weeks. The story happened and the people loved it.
I guess the elitist critics are just so much smarter than the plebs like you and me.
My advice? Go see the movie. It's pretty darn awesome. And yes. You may cry.