Left Behind: The Movie

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Left Behind: The Movie is a 2000 religious science fiction film starring Kirk Cameron, Brad Johnson, Gordon Currie, and Clarence Gilyard. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Alan B. McElroy wrote the screenplay.


GNN television journalist Cameron "Buck" Williams (Kirk Cameron) reports from Israel about a new technology that will allow food to grow in inhospitable environments. Then, things start getting weird when cataclysmic events begin to happen around the world.

Why It Sucks

  1. Poorly written story.
  2. End of the world clichés that come off as ridiculous and unscary.
  3. Offensive religious clichés and themes.
  4. The film is extremely boring.


The film holds a 16% on the Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 3.2 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Poor production values, slow pacing, and an implausible story makes Left Behind a movie only for the faithful." Desson Howe of The Washington Post described it as "a blundering cringefest, thanks to unintentionally laughable dialogue, hackneyed writing and uninspired direction. The more this movie tries, the worse it gets. Its sincerity ends up becoming a bulging bull's-eye for rotten-tomato throwers."

The film was released on DVD first on October 31, 2000 in order for theatrical funding. It was later released in theaters on February 2, 2001.

Box office

The film opened at #17th on its opening weekend, making $2,158,780. It later made a total of only $4,224,065 making it a flop.


In October 2014, a reboot of the film was released theatrically starring Nicolas Cage. To learn about the reboot, see Left Behind.

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