The Gospel (2005)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements including suggestive material, and mild language.)
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality
Directed By:
Written By: William Packer, Rob Hardy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 3, 2006
Box Office: $15.8M
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Critic Reviews for The Gospel

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17)

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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's a rich portrait of a church in transition.

Full Review… | October 12, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Voices soar in The Gospel, but the story drags.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

So doggedly positive that it amounts to a glossy version of a Sunday-school instructional film.

October 7, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

The only thing about this movie that is even remotely interesting is the music, and even that is nothing I haven't seen before. This is every other "preacher's kid gone astray" movie that's ever been made with almost zero variations from the formula. I made it through about an hour and 15 minutes, but I just could not do it any more. I was so bored.

very awesome and inspiring and moving movie. PSALM 92:1- It is good to praise your name Lord and make music to your name, O most High.

Steve Heiser

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