Great music, mediocre plot and acting.
| Original Score: 3/5
The indifferent gospel music that permeates the movie never solidifies with the dramatic might that the genre is known for...
| Original Score: C-
Although there are plenty of positive, feel-good elements to this movie, they are outweighed by missed opportunities to do something more valuable.
| Original Score: 2/4
...the plot's stupid, the writing's bad, the acting is barely professional, but the movie isn't evil.
You might think this prodigal would learn to take responsibility for his lies ... or humbly accept the consequences of his crimes and change. Nope.
| Original Score: D
As a romantic comedy...neither exceptional nor groundbreaking. But as a musical, the movie bursts with foot-stomping, arm-swaying, finger-snapping gospel music.
| Original Score: 3/4
The Fighting Temptations is a movie that will soften even the most cynical moviegoer. You can see most of it coming a mile away, and it still works.
| Original Score: 4/5
Down-home, good-natured sense of humor, but a sitcom-ish sentimentality often veering between Sunday sermonizing and silliness.
hopelessly sub-standard feel-good fare
All about the music, and you'd have to be truly tone-deaf not to respond to its soaring harmonies and spirited spirituality.
It feels more like an artificial fable than a story we can sink our teeth into.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cuba Gooding Jr. [is] so animated a performer that he even appears to be overacting on this movie's poster.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles bring us a rousing film about a gospel choir... too bad it goes straight to hell.
This film would have been better with a lot more gospel and a lot less Gooding.
| Original Score: 2/5
Gooding is on a downward spiral, but The Fighting Temptations is at least a step above Snow Dogs and several above the inexcusably offensive Boat Trip.
You may not be dancing in the aisle, but at least you won't be tempted to flee the theater.
Fight the temptation to look for anything more than good music in this movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The lack of gross-out moments is refreshing, as is the way that it never sacrifices its character-driven plot to a discordant comic set piece.
| Original Score: 49/100
This is an exhilarating musical -- but it's dragged into Thumbs Down territory by a dreadful story that creaks along between the rousing gospel numbers.
Crowd-pleasing but shoddy... During a funeral scene, the corpse can clearly be seen breathing...