“A Love Story In A Heavy Setting”
As embodied with clueless good humor by Kate Hudson, fatal sickness looks more like a lifestyle and wardrobe choice than a tragedy.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
A cringe-inducing romantic comedy turned cancer tragedy turned inspirational hosanna about living in the moment, embracing your bliss and other cliches.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A Little Bit of Heaven is not a film that I would ever commend to the ill, the well or to anyone in that grey area between.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
This film is one long biopsy of pure horror: the tumours of sentimentality and bad acting metastasise everywhere, and Bernal, in particular, is horrendously bad.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
A Little Bit of Heaven demands miracles of its cast to keep proceedings from becoming grindingly mawkish and does not get them...
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
A little bit of hell.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Leslie Felperin - Chicago Tribune
- Philadelphia Inquirer
The film reaches into the pits of moviegoing hell when it finds Marley on a celestial white couch, ringed in billowing white curtains, communing with God. And God is embodied by Whoopi Goldberg.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
There is nothing the slightest bit heavenly about this project, which is wrong-headed in just about every department.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
Ronnie Scheib - Variety
Who knew dying could be such a laugh riot? Certainly not any of us who have actually watched a loved one in the awful final stages of cancer.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Sap without the weight of reality, awkwardly combined with a romance without much chemistry.
William Goss - Film.com
A moment of silence, please, for Kate Hudson's career.
Mary Elizabeth Williams - Salon.com
What's missing is honesty. It has been supplanted by artifice.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Kate Hudson dies prettily in this tone-deaf dramedy about a woman finding love while suffering from colon cancer.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Gren Wells' screenplay throws around a few ideas about female independence and sexuality, but finally it's as shallow as it is mawkish.
Sheri Linden - Los Angeles Times
While director Nicole Kassall tried to create an independent female lead who doesn't give into stereotypes with Marley, the overall movie ultimately lacked originality, a memorable story and characters with any true purpose.
Karen Benardello - We Got This Covered
Director Nicole Kassell is completely out of her element here.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
For those who have a lot of time to waste
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Bizarre combo of terminal cancer weepy and sexy romcom.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
An overdose of sentimentality that ends up being painful to watch.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
It's hard to develop much empathy for the characters in the final reel when everything leading to that point rings so emotionally false.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
This movie turns into a total bummerfest that isn't sad enough to make me cry or funny enough to make me giggle.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
When a movie opens with a character telling you that love isn't important, that movie is definitely going to smack down that nonbeliever, because movies always believe love is important.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
- Miami Herald
In A Little Bit of Heaven, Hudson pushes the "Just Die Already" meter straight into the red.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Although New Orleans sparkles as the film's setting, the story boasts too many moving and mismatched parts to resonate in any sort of meaningful way.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Bravely or stupidly, both A Little Bit Of Heaven and its heroine charge on as if the introduction of terminal cancer didn't change things that much.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Who's got time for bed-rest when there are hang-gliding lessons to be had?
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
Unsurprisingly for a film detailing terminal disease, this is a largely solemn affair, often verging on morbidity in its elongated death watch.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
Sending Marley an escort who is a little person for comic effect represents a major foul; the guy saying people call him 'a little bit of heaven' is hitting the ball backwards out of the stadium.
Matt Pais - RedEye
In the long history of bad movies about bad illnesses, "A Little Bit of Heaven" just might be the worst.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Colon cancer isn't a great pretext for uplift or an occasion for Bucket List-style hang gliding, snappy dream-sequence banter with Whoopi Goldberg as God and a brief comic bit featuring Peter Dinklage as an escort.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out New York
A romantic comedy about cancer. I've officially seen it all.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
As a cancer drama it is insultingly sickly sweet, as a comedy it's lazily written and executed, and as a romance it is void of chemistry and passion.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Peter Dinklage is the surprise package in this mash up . . . in which his role of an escort with a reputation to deliver 'a little bit of heaven' brings a welcome lift and unexpected honesty to a film that crumbles under its own weight and aspirations
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Kate Hudson's career suicide continues with the devastatingly unfunny, tonally jarring A Little Bit of Heaven.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
romantikh kwmwdia poy mallon moiazei me makabrio asteio, kathws antimetwpizei me tropo afelh kai paidiastiko, mia astheneia poy sthn telikh den asteieyetai kai katholoy
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Hudson wastes her opportunity to add more depth to her acting CV, while Bernal is not the right fit as a romantic lead.
James Luxford - The National
Shot in the style of a bland Hollywood rom-com, this film is actually a weepie drama with a bit of magical realism thrown in. It's such an odd hybrid that we're never sure whether we should laugh or cry. So we do neither.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
There are certainly moments to enjoy here, and there is no denying Kate Hudson's charm and enthusiasm.
Mark Adams - Screen International
I had no idea colon cancer was so much fun!... It is so fantastic to be dying! Call it the Ass Cancer Life Plan. Every modern girl needs it.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Rest assured I'm not going to give the game away as to whether Marley beats the disease. But given the movie's set in New Orleans - a place famous for its funerals - I wouldn't hold your breath.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Manages to be both weird and boring.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Bernal who, physically, just looks rather mismatched next to Hudson on screen ... For such an accomplished actor, he just comes across as more 'dud than stud' in this.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
What's to like? Not much.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Hudson struggles to strike the balance between comedy and tragedy, and she and Bernal share little chemistry.
Stella Papamichael - Radio Times
About as morbid and schlocky a romcom as you can imagine.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Jaw-droppingly mawkish and offensively trivial about confronting one's mortality.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
A Little Bit Of Heaven makes you ask some really big questions. The biggest is why anyone involved in this film thought any of it was a good idea.
Catherine Bray - Film4
The emotional breakthroughs are clearly signposted, as if you can feel the filmmaker's hand while she slowly winds our heartstrings around her little finger.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Poorly directed, ill-conceived, hideously unfunny romcom-slash-disease-of-the-week movie...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A cynical affair only suited to those who like a cheap, forgettable weep.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
[A] painfully protracted mix of doomed love and mild toilet humour...
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
What's most unexpected about this mishmash of elements is how well it all ultimately hangs together.
Emma Dibdin - Total Film