Letters to God (PG) (110 min.) — Filmed in Central Florida, this faith-based drama wasn't offered to critics for review but its makers were very eager to be interviewed for promotional purposes.
Either they believe we're heathens unable to fairly assess Letters to God, or they're worried that we will and it won't measure up well.
I didn't take the interview bait. I may be a sinner but I'm not a sucker.
Letters to God actually sounds like an inspiring movie, based on the true story of a cancer-stricken 8-year-old boy (Tanner Maguire) who pens his prayers daily, inspiring his family and community. A substitute mailman (Jeffrey S.S. Johnson) is unsure how to handle letters addressed to the Almighty, since he's facing a spiritual crisis of his own.
Like Facing the Giants, Fireproof and other Christian-themed movies, Letters to God can be expected to resolve their issues with that old-time religion. I won't venture a guess about the film's quality without seeing it, just like the producers shouldn't assume that secular criticism is the devil's handwork. Judge not, lest ye be judged.
Steve Persall, Times film critic