Claudia Puig reviews “Heaven is for real” in Huffington Post, the movie based on the best selling book about a 4-year-old’s near death experiences:
Sidestepping denominational details, the story focuses on an empathetic couple that worries over finances and grapples with adversity. In a sermon, Todd posits that heaven may manifest itself in more recognizable guises than celestial choirs of angels: “Haven’t we already had a glimpse of something? In the cry of a baby, the courage of a friend, the love of a mother or a father?
But the veracity of a sweet little boy’s claims is not entirely the point. The film effectively raises an issue rarely tackled in mainstream studio movies with bankable actors. And it does so with a light touch, resulting in a well-acted, family-friendly and timely movie for Easter audiences that is just as much about appreciating life on Earth as it is about what comes after.