The Shack

The Shack

The Shack

A grieving man receives a personal invitation to meet God in this drama based on William P. Young's best-selling novel. Stars Avatar's Sam Worthington and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (Worthington) spirals into a deep depression. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (Spencer). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

2016Rating: M, Content may disturb132 minsUSA
Drama
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Variety

Variety

press

A Hallmark-card therapy session, a kind of woodland weekend-retreat self-actualisation seminar hosted by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

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Time Out

Time Out

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For a faith-based film that aims to promote spiritual healing and prescribe forgiveness, The Shack is almost unforgivably joyless and visually bland.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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As the film passes the two-hour mark, it begins to feel as if it's treading water. People of faith already know that there are no cut-and-dried answers to the kinds of questions Mack is asking.

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Stuff

Stuff

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The equivalent of a Nicholas Sparks tale for those spiritually inclined.

2.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Even its jolts of surrealism feel curiously stilted; what it needed was a director whose reverence would be tempered by a healthy sense of the ludicrous, an ability to tap into and draw out the material's stranger undercurrents.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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However universal the perennial questions and struggles that The Shack illuminates, under Stuart Hazeldine's plodding direction, its faith-based brand of self-help feels like being trapped in someone else's spiritual retreat - in real time.

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Variety

Variety

press

A Hallmark-card therapy session, a kind of woodland weekend-retreat self-actualisation seminar hosted by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

For a faith-based film that aims to promote spiritual healing and prescribe forgiveness, The Shack is almost unforgivably joyless and visually bland.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

As the film passes the two-hour mark, it begins to feel as if it's treading water. People of faith already know that there are no cut-and-dried answers to the kinds of questions Mack is asking.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The equivalent of a Nicholas Sparks tale for those spiritually inclined.

2.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Even its jolts of surrealism feel curiously stilted; what it needed was a director whose reverence would be tempered by a healthy sense of the ludicrous, an ability to tap into and draw out the material's stranger undercurrents.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

However universal the perennial questions and struggles that The Shack illuminates, under Stuart Hazeldine's plodding direction, its faith-based brand of self-help feels like being trapped in someone else's spiritual retreat - in real time.

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