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Conversations With God

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2006 1 Jan
Conversations With God
from Film Forum, 11/02/06

Based on the bestselling inspirational books by Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations With God dramatizes Walsch's journey through loss and trial into a spiritual awakening.

With Henry Czerny in the lead role, Conversations charts how Walsch ended up living among the homeless in southern Oregon, where he says he was visited by God.

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) describes the problems, contradictions, and heresies evident in the bestselling book. Regarding the film, he says, "Czerny gives a credible and poignantly human performance that overcomes screenwriter Eric DelaBarre's uneven script. … The books aside, this movie, while clearly containing ideas incompatible with Christian theology, nevertheless imparts a sincere message about God's unconditional love and abiding presence that should resonate with Catholic viewers."

At his brand-new website, Greg Wright (Past the Popcorn) says director Stephen Simon "wrings a heartfelt, warm, and convincing performance out of Henry Czerny, whose résumé in no way suggests that he's capable of carrying a film as he does here. … And fortunately, Eric DelaBarre's script doesn't get overly preachy. … To the extent that anyone is interested in artistic fare that challenges spiritual complacency, Conversations with God could be a welcome, if perhaps too-gently couched, starting place."

Mainstream critics don't look likely to become Walsch's disciples.

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