- Anvilicious: The religious message is not terribly subtle. Deleted Scenes show that original plans may have had it even less subtle.
- Critical Dissonance: Mainstream secular critics generally panned the film, but it made a very impressive $33 million on the back of a $500,000 budget. Related products (such as the website FireproofMyMarriage.com, advertised in the credits, and the "Love Dare" book) have been similarly financially successful.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The ending.
- Narm: God, the whole thing. Especially Kirk Cameron's performance.
- Nightmare Fuel: the little girl in the burning house.
- Padding: Most of the scenes involving the firefighters have little, if anything, to do with the main plot of the film, and seem there only to pad out what is at its core an hour-long TV movie to a two-hour theatrical release.
- Special Effects Failure: The film's only scene of a house fire is largely a quite realistic aversion of Hollywood Fire, but it also includes some laughably obvious CGI shots.