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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

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
| Original Score: 3/4
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 ReviewRead More | 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.
Neil Smith
BBC.com
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
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 24, 2003
You may not be dancing in the aisle, but at least you won't be tempted to flee the theater.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 20, 2003
The first movie this year to deliver sheer musical pleasure from beginning to end.
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."
Read More | Original Score: B
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 19, 2003
May not be great cinema, but it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 19, 2003
The music is glorious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 19, 2003
The most tuneful gospel movie since Say Amen, Somebody.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2003
It's not graceful. It's not smart. But it's sweet and cute, and that will do until a real romantic comedy comes along.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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