The Preacher's Wife Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix
September 5, 2009
Houston's inevitable chart-toppers aside, the film mainly sells the values of cooperation and good-samaritanism.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
January 14, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
July 10, 2003
Generally pleasant and unobjectionable, if not rather bland.
| Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 15, 2003
Lukewarm update of the superior "Bishop's Wife."
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Esther Iverem
Washington Post
September 24, 2002
There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Reminds us to cherish the ones we love for they are the presence of God in our lives.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A welcome boost for audiences seeking images of black characters without criminal tendencies.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A good spirited movie even if it is terminally lightweight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

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