Miracle Maker

6.61 h 30 min2015G
Miracles can come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes from unexpected people. Your entire family will love this Christmas tale of hope, love, and miracles.
John Lyde
Kalea AtkinsonKaren BairdDave Bresnahan
English [CC]
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Paul D. HuntJohn Lyde
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a readerReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too predictable; simplistic story line, weird touches
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Why did the movie first dwell on the derelict violinist? For awhile, I thought HE was the miracle maker. Who was the mystery man leaving flowers for the laundress? That was a totally unexplored relationship. Why include it if it went nowhere? Why was the little boy mute? I assume it was because his parents had died. Throughout the film he was collecting rocks to create grave displays for his dead parents. He gets snake bit and is better the next day. Oh come on. Why include the snake bite in the plot? I expected a kid to fall in an old well, or the usual meaningless plot devices; the dog saved the day just like Lassie. The snake bite didn't drive the plot forward in a meaningful way. It was strange that the little kids spent time alone with adults who were unrelated to them. Is this because everyone in this tiny town knows everybody else? A stranger comes into town and the kids are allowed to hang out with him alone with no parental supervision all day long; the stranger named Matthew is presumably a Christ like figure whose dog, mind you, creates a miracle of a bounty of 12" long fish from a miniscule fishing hole the size of a bathtub, an obvious allusion to Christ's feeding of the 5000. When the kids are hanging out, about five times the parents tell them to get busy, they have work to do. What is this work thing? Do Christians force their children to constantly work? A little girl of six is supposed to milk the family cow. Seriously? Is this a penal colony? All the kids are barefoot and this is supposed to be December. The set has to have boardwalks all around it, so the kids don't have to step in the street with bare feet. In the end it snows with flurries, but the kids are walking around in pinafores and no shoes. The whole film strains belief. I did like the young minister and his mother who expressed a tender, caring relationship. The rich father who kept his daughter like a prisoner in their house was creepy and mean for a reason he had never found out the truth about. If he loved his daughter so much why didn't he find out what REALLY happened in the accident? He is the most powerful man in town and owns every house everyone else lives in; they all owe him money. OK, I get it -- he's Scrooge. The minister's mom is reading, you guessed it, A Christmas Carol by Dickens. The miser's daughter, at least 20, would have been much more independent in those days in a wild, distant frontier town mostly made of shacks and log cabins, taking care of the house -- cooking, cleaning, canning, etc. Not just sitting looking at her face in a mirror. I did watch to the end but this was a VERY weak film in terms of plot and character development. Characters were one dimensional to make them simple to read. Even kids deserve interesting characters and a better developed plot line. This is a religious film for people who need very clear cut unambiguous characters who are either good or bad with no grays to confuse or confound. And two little old ladies who didn't have anything better to do than make cracks about all the hunks living in town. What ever happened to strong, determined women -- living in Colorado or wherever this is supposed to take place, there would have been very few flighty biddies like them; do we really want our daughters thinking that this is what old age looks like for women? Clearly they were nothing more than comic relief. Everyone in town experiences radical changes in thinking because of one stranger who comes to town, repairs a shack, plants flower seeds and pays for bread at the general store with rocks that turn out to be...this is never clear -- is it gold ore, diamonds, or what? Just too unbelievable and second rate. A mish-mash of unexplained, undeveloped character motivations.
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Ernie RobertsReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A New Christmas Favorite
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This film was well written, acted, and directed. The scenery was beautiful and the message made the movie. For parents, there is one moment of disobedience with a grown daughter but the father she disobeys isn't being reasonable. It would be a point of discussion to have. Overall, this is a wholesome breath of fresh air for the whole family to enjoy. Somewhat predictable but very enjoyable for those who love series like Love Comes Softly, When Calls the Heart, and Little House on the Prairie.
12 people found this helpful
BodeeReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a heartwarming movie that the whole family can enjoy!
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Such a wonderful, heartwarming movie that the whole family enjoyed! (Age 4 to 60!) WHY can’t they make more movies like this?! A movie doesn’t NEED vilolence, profanity or nudity IF they have talented screenwriters like this! This world would be a much better place with much more of THIS!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
15 people found this helpful
LindaReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
It Tries
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The characters are way too young and inexperienced for the roles that they are supposed to be playing. It's clearly the old town needing a miracle and and an angle disguised as a common vagabond plot. I will say the rich guy is as mean as he could get for decent reasons, though the bitch daughter allowed him to blame the pastor for what happened when it was all her fault!!!!!!!!! The pastor's mother is a total bitch for staying in bed and forcing her son to care for her WHEN SHE'S NOT SICK!!!!!!!!!!!, JUST SELF PITY OVER LOSING HER HUSBAND. WOMEN BACK THEN WERE KNOWN TO WORK IN-SPITE OF WHATEVER HAPPENED OR LEAVE TOWN AND ABANDON THE CHILD, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT SOCIETY EXPECTED THEM DO!!!!!!!! Worst of all it's revealed later that the town has no sheriff (not a big deal in this case because the whole town is too poor FROM INCOMPETENT SHOP OWNERS that can't or DON'T care to afford shoes for their children or a teacher and a school!!!!!!!!!! Which could be a much more useful miracle!!!!) Or at least a babysitter to watch the kids as they are completely unsupervised in situations where they almost get killed. I only give credit to the fact that everyone was working and not just pestering the angel or praying for a miracle, and the angel gets his hands dirty and plants the seeds for the town's future, and made sure the dog watched the boy. He didn't do much and he said so at the end. We never get to see the seeds grow or the town prosper, and it didn't feel like a low budget production. This could have been something but it was too careless about keeping their characters good looking and not about actually building the plot further to a more solid conclusion.
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marmaladeReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wholesome, unconvincing, feel-good, hope-to-charm
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Some actors are a little more convincing than the story-line, which does not say much. If you find this convincing in any way, then it is probably the first movie you've ever watched. E.g. the hero of the story wants to treat a rattlesnake bite by wiping the victims face with hot water. Mercifully he is kept from doing this by the villain of the story showing him the door. Two scenes (and less than a day later in the story line) the bite victim appears unharmed - no explanation, not even an intervention by the sweetly-smiling "miracle maker" who does little except paying for bread with stones that - lo and behold - turn out to contain gemstones of some kind. The pastor (romantic hero of the story) wears a rosary as a Catholic priest would, kisses it as he prays, yet gets married to the heroine. So he is not a Catholic priest then. Then what? In one of the climactic scenes he gets dismissed as the "pastor of the town" by the strongman villain, which implies that he was employed by him. Huh? Yet the town is too poor to employ a sheriff. Huh? The villain (who owns the town like Potter of "It's a Wonderful Life") has a heart hard as stone the whole movie long, except for a sudden change at the end, with no convincing explanation. Did I miss something and this is all satire? Think not. Watch something else.
concreteblondeReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Are Miracles Really Possible Today... You Bet!
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It's all in where you look. What a wonderful story of redemption, forgiveness and finding one's self again, all because of stranger who did nothing but plant some seeds. I highly recommend this movie not only for it's message, but the cinematography was fantastic! A truly wonderful Christmas story!
9 people found this helpful
JHReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for the entire family to watch together!
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A heart-warming Christmas movie that shows human nature (complete with flaws) and how a small community pushed through difficulties and found hope. This movie has it all: romance, a young boy and his dog, town grinch with money to spare, hard-working families pulling together...and a happy ending!
6 people found this helpful
sheenaReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely Beautiful!
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An amazing family movie. A great lesson about sharing and caring as a town. A stranger comes to town and does nothing more than talk to everyone. But, in saying the right things, gives them all hope.
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