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The Second Chance Reviews

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
June 1, 2007
A modern morality play whose positive messages are undercut by its pandering, paternalistic tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
This may be a church movie, but it's one of the better ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
February 21, 2006
As divided as the two very different churches at its center, The Second Chance reps an uneasy marriage of spiritual conviction and dramatic expedience.
Chris Thilk
Film Threat
February 17, 2006
There are a lot of good messages in The Second Chance about how Christianity is a mix of love, both gentle and tough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 17, 2006
It is earnest, cliched, often awkward and unlikely to inspire anyone who isn't already thoroughly sold on its message of salvation through community activism.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 17, 2006
[The film is] designed to launch Christian pop singer Michael W. Smith as a movie brand name. It doesn't really succeed at that, but it does manage to send a positive message in a pretty polished movie, a message aimed at regular church-goers.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 17, 2006
[The film is] sabotaged by hackneyed dialogue, sluggish pacing and a listless performance by Smith, who only springs to life when he's singing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2006
A movie-of-the-week treatment of race and class, the film credibly portrays the day-to-day workings of an urban ministry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 17, 2006
It's not the message that bothered me but the obvious way in which it's delivered.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 17, 2006
Second Chance delivers its parable of spiritual growth with enough tender nuance that it doesn't merely preach to the choir.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 16, 2006
... a sincerely (if not exactly subtly) performed spiritual drama with a faith-based lesson in humility and the practical charity of offering a helping hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 16, 2006
Startlingly direct, if unavoidably preachy, The Second Chance takes aim at Christianity's racial divide and the corporatization of faith.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Becker
Dallas Morning News
February 16, 2006
Sure, there are lots of positive messages about following your calling and seeing how others live, but that message would better resonate with the audience if the story wasn't so bland.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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