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The Fighting Temptations Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Great music, mediocre plot and acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
June 14, 2009
The indifferent gospel music that permeates the movie never solidifies with the dramatic might that the genre is known for...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
LaTonya Taylor
Christianity Today
September 26, 2006
Although there are plenty of positive, feel-good elements to this movie, they are outweighed by missed opportunities to do something more valuable.
| Original Score: 2/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
...the plot's stupid, the writing's bad, the acting is barely professional, but the movie isn't evil.
| Original Score: C-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
You might think this prodigal would learn to take responsibility for his lies ... or humbly accept the consequences of his crimes and change. Nope.
| Original Score: D
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
As a romantic comedy...neither exceptional nor groundbreaking. But as a musical, the movie bursts with foot-stomping, arm-swaying, finger-snapping gospel music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
The Fighting Temptations is a movie that will soften even the most cynical moviegoer. You can see most of it coming a mile away, and it still works.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
December 31, 2003
Down-home, good-natured sense of humor, but a sitcom-ish sentimentality often veering between Sunday sermonizing and silliness.
Tom Grealis
RTÉ (Ireland)
December 12, 2003
hopelessly sub-standard feel-good fare
Neil Smith
November 18, 2003
All about the music, and you'd have to be truly tone-deaf not to respond to its soaring harmonies and spirited spirituality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 16, 2003
It feels more like an artificial fable than a story we can sink our teeth into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2003
Cuba Gooding Jr. [is] so animated a performer that he even appears to be overacting on this movie's poster.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles bring us a rousing film about a gospel choir... too bad it goes straight to hell.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 1, 2003
This film would have been better with a lot more gospel and a lot less Gooding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Chauncey
September 27, 2003
Gooding is on a downward spiral, but The Fighting Temptations is at least a step above Snow Dogs and several above the inexcusably offensive Boat Trip.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
September 24, 2003
You may not be dancing in the aisle, but at least you won't be tempted to flee the theater.
Michael Szymanski
September 23, 2003
Fight the temptation to look for anything more than good music in this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
September 23, 2003
The lack of gross-out moments is refreshing, as is the way that it never sacrifices its character-driven plot to a discordant comic set piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 49/100
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 22, 2003
This is an exhilarating musical -- but it's dragged into Thumbs Down territory by a dreadful story that creaks along between the rousing gospel numbers.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 22, 2003
Crowd-pleasing but shoddy... During a funeral scene, the corpse can clearly be seen breathing...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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