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The Fighting Temptations Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great music, mediocre plot and acting.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2010
Cole Smithey

The indifferent gospel music that permeates the movie never solidifies with the dramatic might that the genre is known for...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

June 14, 2009
LaTonya Taylor
Christianity Today

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

September 26, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...the plot's stupid, the writing's bad, the acting is barely professional, but the movie isn't evil.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: C-

January 27, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

January 15, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

As a romantic comedy...neither exceptional nor groundbreaking. But as a musical, the movie bursts with foot-stomping, arm-swaying, finger-snapping gospel music.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 25, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2004
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Down-home, good-natured sense of humor, but a sitcom-ish sentimentality often veering between Sunday sermonizing and silliness.

December 31, 2003
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

hopelessly sub-standard feel-good fare

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

December 12, 2003
Neil Smith

All about the music, and you'd have to be truly tone-deaf not to respond to its soaring harmonies and spirited spirituality.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It feels more like an artificial fable than a story we can sink our teeth into.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 16, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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

November 10, 2003
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles bring us a rousing film about a gospel choir... too bad it goes straight to hell.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C-

October 7, 2003

This film would have been better with a lot more gospel and a lot less Gooding.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2003
Sarah Chauncey

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.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 27, 2003
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

You may not be dancing in the aisle, but at least you won't be tempted to flee the theater.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

September 24, 2003
Michael Szymanski

Fight the temptation to look for anything more than good music in this movie.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 23, 2003
Jeremy Heilman

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 49/100

September 23, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 22, 2003
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Crowd-pleasing but shoddy... During a funeral scene, the corpse can clearly be seen breathing...

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 22, 2003
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