- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Ken James (Christian Spotlight) raves about the film's central romance, which he finds "pure and innocent." Bob Smithouser (Focus on the Family) is also thrilled that this "wholesome" film has a commendable "lack of profanity and sexual situations." Phil Boatwright agrees that it has "a great many redeeming values." Preview issues "a warning about some moderately violent scenes", but adds that the film may offer "interesting discussion points" for parents and teens.
Dale Wilker (Catholic News) cautions viewers not to forget that
Some find the film provocative and even profound. Michael Elliott concludes, "
But Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films) says the film "leaves itself insufficient time to explore the very issues the story is about." Above all, he faults its unnecessary voiceover narration. Yet, he concludes, "Together with this spring's The Rookie,
Mainstream critics debated whether the film was philosophical or merely frothy. Lou Lumenick (NY Post) calls it "solid family entertainment" and "handsomely crafted." Ty Burr (Boston Globe) calls it "solid and affecting and exactly as thought-provoking as it should be."
But Ann Hornaday (Washington Post) complains, "Its weighty themes are too grave for youngsters … the story is too steeped in fairy tales and other childish things to appeal much to teenagers."
Question for Ann Hornaday: If stories steeped in "childish things" like fairy tales are a turn-off to teens, how do you explain the widespread popularity of