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A mysterious stranger brings both spiritual comfort and a certain level of distrust to a small community in this drama based on the spiritual best-seller by Joseph Girzone. A mysterious man named Joshua (Tony Goldwyn) arrives in the small Midwestern town of Auburn sometime in the late 19th century. Joshua sets up a carpentry shop in Auburn, and soon develops a reputation for his kind and unselfish nature; after bad weather nearly destroys a church in the town's African-American neighborhood, Joshua offers to help repair the building, and has soon persuaded much of the community to offer their support, including Father Pat (Kurt Fuller), a priest at Auburn's Catholic church. Father Pat's superior, Father Tardone (F. Murray Abraham) is also struck by Joshua's talent, charm, and humble desire to help others, and asks him to carve a new statue of Saint Peter for their church. However, while much of the town is following the good example set by Joshua, when people begin to ascribe supernatural powers to the town's new carpenter, Father Tardone begins to become suspicious, and wants to know who Joshua really is and what he really intends to do in Auburn. Joshua features an original song score by popular contemporary Christian musician Michael W. Smith.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 23
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 18
- Average Rating: 4.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Christians sensitive to a reductionist view of their Lord as a luv-spreading Dr. Feelgood or omnipotent slacker will feel vastly more affronted than secularists, who might even praise God for delivering such an instant camp classic.
Enjoyable and Thought Provoking
This movie is basically what Jesus may have been like if he came to America. He changes the towns peoples hearts to the things that truly matter. Other churches around him are not to fond of the things he is doing around the town, which can be represented as the Pharisees. This movie is enjoyable, but may be a bit disturbing in one part for young children [spoiler warning!!!] (a man falls of a latter to his death). Overall though, enjoyable, and heart warming.
i really love this movie. its a good example of how we should act. all christians should follow this example, and hopefully it will have good impacts on alot of people.
Extremely simplistic as another reviwer I read said. BUT, this movie isn't about the Catholic Church, or any church for that matter. It is about the reality of Christ and His personality when compared to the Gospels. There were flaws, but they were irrelevant to the basic story. Jesus, His goodness, and His love coupled with an almost subliminal message that there are in fact consequences for not believing in the one that died for all mankind's ineptness. I have written a book about Christ and for whatever it is worth, I was inspired and felt GOOD after watching this simplistic and pleasant, yet thought provoking movie. It was another way of conveying Christ without the traditional, though true story lines found in the Gospels. Flaws were present but that was because man made it. But the flaws were in no way connected to, or attached to Christ. Though it was flawed, it was nonetheless an inspiring human attempt to convey Christ in a differnt but respective way, and it fulfilled it mission. The goodness and reality of Christ, and His message are what this movie is about, and I cannot believe that the "bad guy" from Ghost was so well suited to this once in a lifetime role. :)