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The Fighting Temptations Reviews

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Tiffany Sanchez
CinemaBlend.com
September 21, 2003
Is The Fighting Temptations a washed up comedy or a monotonous musical?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 20, 2003
The first movie this year to deliver sheer musical pleasure from beginning to end.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 20, 2003
Cuba Gooding Jr. once again (shows) he and comedy do not belong in the same area code (and, come to think of it, after 'Boat Trip,' did anyone need further evidence?).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 20, 2003
You may or may not believe that gospel music saves the soul of an out of work advertising executive, but it saves the movie and that might be enough to make you say "Amen."
| Original Score: B
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 20, 2003
Gooding's performance is burdened with an unnecessary complexity that works against its comic potential.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
September 20, 2003
If you like gospel music, you will love this concert -- er, film.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
September 19, 2003
I wish the writers had been tempted to write a better story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 19, 2003
Predictable but oh my what music!
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 19, 2003
The only real question in this flaccid narrative ... is when everybody will stop talking and start singing again.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 19, 2003
May not be great cinema, but it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Angel Cohn
TV Guide
September 19, 2003
The filmmakers seem to have meant to offer up a spiritual message about community and faith, but it's muddled and hard to find with romance, comedy and phenomenal gospel performances all fighting for the spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 19, 2003
Has practically nothing to recommend it save its music: Take that away and Jonathan Lynn's movie is as ordinary as an unsold TV pilot episode. But what music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2003
I've looked forward to Cuba Gooding Jr. movies as eagerly as I anticipate SPAM, but The Fighting Temptations breaks his streak of crumminess.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 19, 2003
If you're a gospel lover, you can probably overlook the technical flaws, especially if you see it in a crowded and enthusiastic theater.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 19, 2003
The Fighting Temptations exists for its rousing gospel soundtrack, which is at times so good that you can forgive the movie its flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2003
The music is glorious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jerry McCormick
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 19, 2003
Can this career be saved? After watching The Fighting Temptations, you may feel that Cuba Gooding Jr.'s may not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 19, 2003
The most tuneful gospel movie since Say Amen, Somebody.
| Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2003
A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
September 19, 2003
The story is slapdash and most of the jokes are lame, but music by the Reverend Shirley Caesar and the Blind Boys of Alabama lends fleeting touches of a grace that's, um, amazing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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