I Can Only Imagine
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The Erwins pound home their message, but they do with such skill and accomplished filmmaking the movie never becomes heavy-handed or too preachy.
Art can be affirmation, but affirmation cannot be art.
Los Angeles Times
If the film is affecting, it's due to Quaid's dark, committed performance as an incredibly troubled man.
For all the faith-based platitudes baked into the script, it has to be conceded that directing brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin steer the ship steadily and draw out sincere and persuasive performances from Finley, who really can sing gloriously well, and Quaid, who even with a now ravaged visage is still just as dangerous, compelling and sexy as ever.
It’s a drab, emotionally flat film.
The movie has too much on its plate in selling its paint-by-numbers uplift.
The A.V. Club
This is an interesting idea, executed with a reductive, tin-eared understanding of what constitutes art to go along with a faith-based movie’s reductive, tin-eared understanding of what constitutes entertainment.
The Hollywood Reporter
Like so many faith-based efforts, I Can Only Imagine suffers from a terminal case of self-importance.
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