I Can Only Imagine

The song you know. The story you don’t.


I Can Only Imagine
’’I Can Only Imagine’’ is the biggest-selling Christian popular song of all time . Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. He was able to do that because it was born of his life experiences. Growing up in Greenville, Texas, he suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. When dad becomes terminally ill, he finds redemption by embracing his faith and rediscovering his love for his son. Years later, Bart’s troubled childhood and mended relationship with his dad inspires him to write the song. The film has done surprisingly well at the US box office, despite the middling press reviews.

110 minutes.
Parental Guidance 10-12 (Violence).
Drama, Family, Religious.

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Credits

Cast
J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid
Director
Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
ScreenplayJon Erwin, Brent McCorkle, Alex Cramer
MusicBrent McCorkle
CinematographyKristopher Kimlin
EditingAndrew Erwin, Brent McCorkle
Sound formatsUnknown
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2018
Produced byKevin Downes Productions, Mission Pictures International, City on a Hill Productions, Imagine Rights LLC, LD Entertainment, Toy Gun Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceMild to moderate domestic violence, mostly implied and strongly disapproved
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThe material contains complex and mature negative themes of being raised by an abusive father,abandonment, being a non-believer, Christian faith, rejection, facing challenged, being diagnosed with cancer with positive inspirational themes of gospel music, talent, love, faith, redemption, forgiveness, fulfilling ambitions, living the dream and overcoming challenges. The positive themes in the film mitigate the complexity of negative themes. The intention of the film is to inspire and all negative themes have positive resolutions.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
1
Violence
3
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
0
Alcohol / Drugs
0
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
2
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
10 +
Positive messages
4
Positive role models
4
Violence
2
Sex
1
Language
0
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
0

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconA solid offering that’s given me faith that a faith-based film can deliver something beyond a sermon.
13
Metacritic.com
7 critics
6
Rottentomatoes critics
23 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote icon Can Only Imagine’s message will have the most impact among Christian audiences, but overall, its performances and storytelling represent a notable evolution in faith-based cinema.
14
CommonSenseMedia
Sandie Angulo Chen quote iconPoignant faith-based drama about hit song’s inspiration.
10

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
31 users
16
Rottentomatoes users
3175 users
17
IMDB
4313 Netizens
15
The Movie DB
Community
15

Average .. 66%

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