Owen Gleiberman
August 15, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Henry Poole is Here

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/15/08
performer
Radha Mitchell, Luke Wilson, Cheryl Hines, George Lopez
director
Mark Pellington
distributor
Overture
author
Albert Torres
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C

Luke Wilson, playing that mopey-ironic note he plays so…consistently, portrays a depressed dude in Henry Poole Is Here who declares that he ”won’t be around” for long. He then discovers that the water stain on the back wall of his new ranch house may be the face of Jesus. (Yes, it bleeds tears.) It’s tragic that Mark Pellington, the talented director of The Mothman Prophecies, lost his wife four years ago, but he has made an autobiographical saga of grief that is gooey, ponderous, and maudlin. It’s less a tale of religious rebirth than a faith-based Hallmark card. C

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