OPENS FRIDAY 12/11
After a teen (Saoirse Ronan) is murdered, she looks down from heaven at the promising life she could have had, while her parents (Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz) try to go on living. Largely faithful to Alice Sebold's novel, the repulsive yet redemptive story is harrowing on screen and well-acted. One big weakness: Director Peter Jackson's visions of heaven feel like a My Little Pony version of Lord of the Rings.
-- THELMA ADAMS