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The Preacher's Wife

The Preacher's Wife (1996)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

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52

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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An angel wonders if love can be Heaven on Earth in this family-themed romantic fantasy. Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. Biggs is devoted to serving his flock and his community, but things are not easy; membership is down, money is tight, the furnace is broken, and real estate mogul Joe Hamilton (Gregory Hines) wants to buy the property and put up condominiums. The strain is taking its toll on Biggs' marriage to

Aug 13, 2002

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There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.

September 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The Preacher's Wife qualifies as old-fashioned Hollywood movie making at its corniest and most saccharine. But the mostly African American cast puts an engaging spin on the chestnut, and it works beautifully.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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For a movie that might have offered a new twist of the mistletoe, The Preacher's Wife delivers the Scrooge-like acceptable market minimum.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The Preacher's Wife is one Christmas picture that actually is in the spirit of the season. It's warm, sentimental, amusing yet serious, bringing fantasy to bear upon the painfully real.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Has a big heart, but no sense of pace and conflict to sustain the viewing experience for an unnerving two hours.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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While the sheer force of Washington's charisma keeps his otherwise monotonous character watchable, the same can't be said for the late Houston, woefully flat in a malnourished role.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The music, the chemistry between Houston and Washington, and minor characters that make us smile make this film worth watching-especially around Christmas, when this is set.

August 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Houston's inevitable chart-toppers aside, the film mainly sells the values of cooperation and good-samaritanism.

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Definitely not Denzel Washington's finest hour.

July 14, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Generally pleasant and unobjectionable, if not rather bland.

July 10, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Lukewarm update of the superior "Bishop's Wife."

May 15, 2003

Reminds us to cherish the ones we love for they are the presence of God in our lives.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A sweet, sentimental, well-intentioned spoonful of holiday cheer that's pleasant enough as long as one doesn't take too close a look at how little of it really makes any sense.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

All the singing make for a slim plot and slimmer characters. Neveretheless, if you like Houston, you'll love The Preacher's Wife.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

There are so many Whitney Houston singing opportunities here that the filmmakers might just as well have thrown caution to the wind and made a full-blown musical.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Dudley seems a bit too mortal here, not quite otherworldly enough.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

While it sounds like standard promotional overstatement, it makes sense: even if Washington has top billing, our Miss Thing is the film's (and the CD's) major asset, no question.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

Audience Reviews for The Preacher's Wife

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February 10, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Saw this one a few times when it was new. Liked it a good bit. Now I know it was right before Whitney turned crazy and as far from being like a preacher's wife than anything.
October 14, 2009
stormyweather980

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Nice christmasy, heart warming movie. I think this was one of the first movies I'd seen Denzel in. He has a great smile. Great music by Whitney. Her voice is amazing.
December 2, 2007
thmtsang
T Tsang

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great movie
January 25, 2007
sanjurosamurai
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