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Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 29

While Woman is a little less heavy-handed than other message movies, it still feels like an After School Special.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 13

While Woman is a little less heavy-handed than other message movies, it still feels like an After School Special.

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After shooting her abusive stepfather, Reggie, at a church revival, an ex-stripper and crack addict-turned-honest-citizen, named Michelle, confesses the motives of her crime to a Bishop while she sits on Death Row. Michelle's tale draws the story of a young, damaged woman attempting overcome painful demons--the memories of abuse and molestation that she suffered at the hands of her "Uncle" Reggie and the abyss of drugs, prostitution and incarceration that she fell into as a result. Michelle's

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Stan Foster

Mar 8, 2005

$6.8M

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (29) | DVD (6)

A monochromatic melodrama.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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As a film it plays like a heavy-handed morality tale one might come across on a middling cable network.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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There is little to like about many of the hard characters we meet. Yet the film has a core generosity.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It is more a public service announcement than a movie, but it has to be more useful to its audience than a summer blockbuster offering Halle Berry's tips on how to use a bullwhip.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Woman boasts an unexpected edginess, as well as a terrific performance from Kimberly Elise.

October 22, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The film raises the questions it hopes churches will answer. It's clearly designed to open discussion on these questions, and to encourage churches to discuss sexual abuse.

November 17, 2006
Christianity Today

... an enjoyable and competently made film that will appeal to secular-minded moviegoers as well as the choir.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

As with a good sermon, it is engaging, and strives to inspire and provide food for thought. Audiences going in knowing what to expect shouldn't be disappointed.

October 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

It sounds like a rather overt Christian message, but the film is actually more of a cautionary melodrama with religious sermons sprinkled in between the various scenes

October 25, 2004 Full Review

A very interesting, if not always successful drama that is also part revivalist sermon.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

while director Michael Schultz's work is unsubtle...it's guaranteed to find a sympathetic audience, much in the same way Jakes' plainspoken sermons connect with his followers.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A case of preaching to the choir.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The talented players work hard to sell it, but all too often Woman is over-intellectualized and self-consciously arty.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

For all the tough-minded talk and frank portraits of inner-city life... the film is not altogether convincing.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Unlike many films with Christian agendas, this one doesn't sweep ugliness under the rug.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Typical of the sort of melodrama that's the stuff of well-meaning telefilms, but...played at too high-pitched a tone.

October 12, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

This isn't a bad movie; it's just watered down.

October 10, 2004 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

More like a very special episode of Oprah than a night out at the movies.

October 8, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

Audience Reviews for Woman Thou Art Loosed

Riveting. Kimberly Elise's performance is electrifying to watch. Based on the book by the Rev. T.D. Jakes it is pure drama from start to finish!!
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