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The Gospel Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
April 1, 2009
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2005
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.
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 15, 2005
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 | Original Score: C
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2005
It's a rich portrait of a church in transition.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 11, 2005
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.
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AV Club
October 8, 2005
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Houston Chronicle
October 8, 2005
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Dallas Morning News
October 8, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 7, 2005
Voices soar in The Gospel, but the story drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 7, 2005
So doggedly positive that it amounts to a glossy version of a Sunday-school instructional film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 7, 2005
A sermon writ as large as a multiplex movie screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 7, 2005
A heartfelt but muddled melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
October 6, 2005
Endeavors to be a powerful tale of faith and forgiveness, but in the end fails to capture even the slightest essence of spirituality and religious belief, or to provide any real insight into its characters' conflicts, desires and motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2005
The Gospel is rousing, affirmative entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
October 6, 2005
There's a lot of talk here about religion, as well as plenty of gospel singing, but no sense of what these characters truly believe.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 6, 2005
It's no triumph, but at least the makers and musicians want to touch your soul. For some, that may be enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 6, 2005
If the plot wanders through several predictable situations, and it does, the movie never lingers too long on those developments before cutting back to the best gospel music I've seen on film since Say Amen, Somebody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4