Dale Stroud
Owen Gleiberman
April 15, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Letters to God

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
109 minutes
performer
Robyn Lively, Tanner Maguire
director
Patrick Doughtie, David Nixon
author
Patrick Doughtie

We gave it a C+

A bland, pious yet touching faith-based tearjerker. In Letters to God, nine-year-old Tyler (Tanner Maguire) suffers from brain cancer (he’s had 30 radiation treatments), but he’s as upbeat as Shirley Temple. He fuels his spirit by writing letters to God, which inspires an alcoholic mailman (Jeffrey Johnson) to rediscover his faith. There are so many characters basing their actions on what Jesus would do that Jesus just about deserves a co-screenwriting credit. C+

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