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The Fighting Temptations Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 18, 2003
Skip the movie. Buy the soundtrack.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
September 17, 2003
is a wildly inconsistent film, peppered with scenes that work extremely well but saddled with an incredibly lazy script which almost seems intentional in its incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
September 16, 2003
It's Sister Act warmed over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 18, 2003
The only temptation you'll be fighting is the urge to leave the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
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
Scott Weinberg
September 18, 2003
When he's not keening and shucking and jiving and behaving altogether spastically, Cuba kicks into full-on "dramatic mode" and the results are unquestionably more amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
September 27, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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-
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 16, 2003
Dear God - literally - what was Cuba Gooding Jr. thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: .05/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
September 18, 2003
At 120 minutes, the film just barely squeezes in the musical moments making the uninspired and unfunny expositional scenes all the more tortuous.
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
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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 18, 2003
Temptations plays like a test case on whether there can be life after Boat Trip, a movie perched to pop up from the deeps at year's end to dominate 10-worst lists.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 18, 2003
Implausible and predictable.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 18, 2003
That best supporting actor Oscar for Jerry Maguire is beginning to look more and more like a fluke.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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