• PG-13, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tyler Perry
    In Theaters:
    Mar 29, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 9, 2013
  • Lionsgate Films


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Temptation Reviews

Wesley Morris
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Perry's movies have become so thematically grandiose, visually incoherent, and self-defensively bourgeois that the only way to receive them lately is as a cynic.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 3, 2014
Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
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Perry has some worthwhile filmic models-Temptation gestures at Woody Allen in its setup, and Douglas Sirk in its melodrama-but he isn't even in the same star cluster as those greats.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 1, 2013
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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Look, we know what's going to happen. The movie's called Temptation, okay? Yet we still have to sit through more than an hour of flirty glances and repetitive conversations between Judith and Harley until anything vaguely adulterous occurs.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 0/4

April 1, 2013
Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
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Tyler Perry's Temptation is an awful, awful film and while it is easy to mock and dismiss, it is also kind of a shame to behold.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 1, 2013
Andy Webster
New York Times
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Limp pacing and countless shots of Washington's skyline plague the narrative.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 29, 2013
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It isn't until Temptation grows flamboyantly bad in its final act that it rises to the level of good dumb fun in the trashy tradition of Perry's most entertainingly awful films.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

March 29, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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A few wild, third-act twists give Perry's middling melodrama some soap-opera kick. But all the finger-wagging sure does get tiring after a while.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

March 29, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Perry's ongoing disinterest in improving as a filmmaker is now seemingly part of his unshakable belief in himself, his insistence on doing his thing his way.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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If Perry has had one strength as a dramatist, it's been his willingness to empathize with villains as well as victims. In Temptation, he lacks even that.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 29, 2013
Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
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The mixed tones don't quite meld; While Smollet-Bell is fine, the broad comedy is so sporadic it feels out of place.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 29, 2013
Kate Erbland
MSN Movies
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Perry's film lags and limps along its two-hour runtime before finally going whole hog on one of the most dizzyingly weird final acts in recent cinematic history.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 29, 2013
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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This heavy-handed melodrama represents one of Tyler Perry's weakest efforts ever, and that's saying something.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 29, 2013
Scott Foundas
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A ludicrous marital drama-cum-morality play from contemporary black cinema's most prolific multihyphenate.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 29, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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And really, who better to shill for the institution of marriage than 43-year-old bachelor Perry, who uses homosexuality as a punch line (or symbol of evil decadence) and HIV as a cheap plot gimmick?

Full Review Source: TheWrap

March 29, 2013
William Goss
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The first half is a functional (if exceedingly predictable) melodrama before devolving, just as predictably, into a cautionary cartoon.

Full Review Source: Film.com

March 29, 2013
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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Tyler Perry's insane, inane Old Testament-style morality tale.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

March 29, 2013
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