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The Gospel (2005)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 25

While it features outstanding musical numbers, The Gospel reduces a series of worthy themes -- faith, family, forgiveness -- to soapy, banal clichés.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 9

While it features outstanding musical numbers, The Gospel reduces a series of worthy themes -- faith, family, forgiveness -- to soapy, banal clichés.



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Close friends become unexpected rivals as they struggle to keep their spiritual home alive in this musical drama from writer and director Rob Hardy. David (Michael J. Pagan) and Frank (Sean Nelson) are two close friends who are members of the same Baptist church in Atlanta. The teenagers have developed a deep and abiding faith in Christ, and both aspire to become ministers some day; David, who has also become a star vocalist with the choir, is thought to have a head start since his father is the


Drama, Faith & Spirituality

Rob Hardy, William Packer

Jan 3, 2006


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The soapy, cliche-ridden script aside, the picture is a technical mess of awkward framing and choppy editing that puts a dispiriting damper on all that uplifting music.

October 15, 2005
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When the music isn't pounding in sanctified syncopation, the look and the dialogue of The Gospel are a lot like what you might see and hear on daytime TV.

October 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It's a rich portrait of a church in transition.

October 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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I loved the music and I admired its good intentions. But there are just too many sub-professional touches for me to recommend the film.

October 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Voices soar in The Gospel, but the story drags.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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So doggedly positive that it amounts to a glossy version of a Sunday-school instructional film.

October 7, 2005
New York Post
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"The Gospel" is a cliché-filled movie with low production values that says nothing significant about gospel music or its core values.

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While The Gospel's faith-laced dialogue might annoy non-Christians, the plot mostly explores themes of a universal nature. Recommended to members of any faith for the stirring, onscreen performance of Grammy-winner Yolanda Adams.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

A more-than-fine movie -- the kind that Christians who like to complain about Hollywood should support, and the kind that may appeal to people who aren't interested in church.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Hallelujah for the hymns! They save "The Gospel."

February 3, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The gospel performances recommend the movie most highly; otherwise it's not due for much praise.

October 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An appealing and entertaining package that makes up for whatever it lacks in perfectly polished sheen in exuberance and passion for its subject and message.

October 16, 2005

Really, a musical would have been a much better idea.

October 15, 2005

The Gospel loses focus, getting every bit as lost as its characters.

October 14, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The lord may work in mysterious ways, but they shouldn't include bad acting and hack direction.

October 13, 2005 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Here's a dramatic version of a familiar story with a contemporary spin and fantastic music.

October 13, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

The whole thing smacks of an overpopulated 'daytime drama.'

October 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

While the script and editing are flawed, The Gospel is still an evening's entertainment with heart and soul.

October 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

"Wesley say and it shall be," pronounces Wesley (Omar Gooding) in The Gospel.

October 9, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters

. . .the movie never reaches the promised land.

October 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

The acting's pretty decent

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

If the choppy screenplay could have been tightly scripted, there would have been something more convincing to forcefully sing about regarding this divine but disjointed ditty

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
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Audience Reviews for The Gospel

A good all around movie, About a Rap singer coming home to help his fathers church, meets a beautiful girl and changes his ways, for the girl or for the lord????? you decided. Put it in the collection
December 26, 2008
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