Witnesses

audience Reviews

, 86% Audience Score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Excellent historical movie. We enjoyed learning more about the struggles the early Mormons experienced.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I like the emotion of the movie. It is helpful to have a basic knowledge of the events.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    This isnt a cheesy film like many LDS genres tend to be. The acting, cinematography, music, editing, sets, costumes, etc. are first rate. With all of my LDS church history studies, this was very accurate. There was nothing in the film that I hadnt heard or read about before. The film doesnt shy away from controversial aspects of Church history. Rather than gloss over them or skip them altogether, the film shows how the events impacted the decisions and lives of early Church members and leaders. As a result, I have so much more appreciation and respect for David Whitmer, Martin Harris, and Oliver Cowdery. Parts of the film may be difficult to understand by those who are not familiar with Joseph Smith and the early days of the Church. However, the message of integrity and holding true to principle even in the most difficult circumstances rings true. The film will be a wonderful addition enriching ones understanding of this unique and important piece of American religious history. It is worth a repeat viewing. If you are a Latter-day Saint, this is a must-see movie.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Very well done and every scene is documented in history, completely trustworthy. People giving it 1/2 star are hateful bigots, there is no other explanation. Acting is excellent, production values solid. Must see!
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    We loved the movie. Loved knowing some of the historical details that we weren't familiar with. Great Acting, Beautiful Scenery. inspiring story
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Very powerful factual movie!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I really appreciated this movie for it's attempt to create something both edifying and honest. It was deeply moving and at times a bit disturbing, which is was a good thing. This is not a movie I would take a non-member of our church as a first exposure. The men in the film were very well casted. Not so much the women. They could and should have developed Emma and the wives of these men more. Or at the very least cast them better. Saying all this, I really loved the film. It left me thinking and pondering about a messy and glorious restoration. That the glory of it is in much part found in the messiness of it. That therein lays the miracle of the restoration.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful cinematography. Seeing from the perspectives of the witnesses was eye-opening. Very tender and authentic. I loved the actor who plays Joseph. Amazing to see how the Church came from those very humble beginnings to what it is now. I recommend it!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The interactions Joseph Smith had with the Witnesses was very realistic and believable. The depiction of Emma Smith was way off she appeared to always be coming into a scene from just having given birth. She needs her hair combed, set, and styled. If the above was not the case, give her a flattering dress.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Better than expected. The cinematography is very good for a film of this nature. The acting was good. I particularly enjoyed the elder David Whitmer and Emma's performance. The screenwriting was a little difficult to follow. The sound editing was subpar as the was a lot of clothing rustling. But the various subplots were rather compelling on a standalone basis.