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The Preacher's Wife Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 6, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2010
Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

September 5, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 3/5

March 22, 2005
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

| Original Score: 3/5

January 14, 2004
Greg Muskewitz

Generally pleasant and unobjectionable, if not rather bland.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2003
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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

| Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2002
Esther Iverem
Washington Post
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There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 24, 2002
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 7/10

September 13, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 28, 2002
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 5, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A welcome boost for audiences seeking images of black characters without criminal tendencies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

January 1, 2000
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

A good spirited movie even if it is terminally lightweight.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Leonard Klady
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March 26, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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May 20, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

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