This is not the type of movie that I can say was a "great" movie because of the subject matter. This is a very disturbing story and was as hard to read as it was to watch unravel on the big screen. Also, I am usually very disappointed by the movie after reading the book. My only exception to that was the movie version of The Secret Life of Bees, which I loved. But, I wasn't that disappointed with this adaptation of the book. Of course, I realize that not every storyline and scene from the book can be placed in the movie and I think the correct scenes were edited out of the story. Some of the timing of events were also different in the movie from the book, but the main storyline, succession of events, and ending to the story remained the same, which I appreciated.
I thought the images of the "in-between" and heaven were interesting and beautiful. One of profound images was all the ships in glass bottles crashing in the ocean while the dad was smashing them in the house. A very powerful scene.
I appreciated that the movie left out the graphic images of the murder and left that to viewer's imagination. If you read the book, you were well aware of the horriffic end to Susie's life.
I gave the novel 3 out of 5 stars and I would give the same rating for the movie as well. It is not a feel good movie, but if you enjoyed the book, I think you will enjoy the movie as well.