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The Fighting Temptations Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2003
A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 19, 2003
A messy, sprawling family barbecue of a movie that barely gets by on salesmanship, energy and maybe more than a little chicanery.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
September 19, 2003
When Gooding and Knowles appear together, they drain off energy like batteries hooked in reverse.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
September 19, 2003
A hoot and a holler.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 19, 2003
A raucous gospel comedy that's as broad as co-star Beyonce Knowles' vowels and chockablock with foot-stomping, up-with-the-choir music that will have even atheists praising the Lord.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 19, 2003
Its musical sequences could make the most hardened atheist want to go to church.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 19, 2003
From its exhilarating first scene -- set in a black Southern church -- The Fighting Temptations rocks
| Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 19, 2003
A lot more fun than you'd expect for an MTV-produced vehicle for pop diva Beyonce Knowles.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 19, 2003
A bit more endurable than a Sunday morning service on a simmering Southern day in an un-air-conditioned church.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 19, 2003
Some first-rate music in a third-rate movie.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 19, 2003
A good story sung by great voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 19, 2003
The Fighting Temptations is not brilliant and it has some clunky moments where we see the plot wheels grinding, but it has its heart and its grin in the right places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2003
The Fighting Temptations is junk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: C+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 18, 2003
Implausible and predictable.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 18, 2003
A rousing, warmhearted comedy, as infectious as the gospel music it celebrates.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 18, 2003
Nothing in the movie is surprising, but it's all pleasantly undemanding, like watching a rerun of a familiar sitcom.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 18, 2003
It's like watching a familiar dance routine performed with expertise and grace. You know all the steps, but it still manages to surprise you.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 18, 2003
The Fighting Temptations is one of those lightweight, breezy and predictable romantic comedies that is enjoyable precisely because it's so lightweight, breezy and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2003
[A] formulaic but infectiously happy comedy.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2003
A delightful, surprisingly fresh comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2003
Full-throated and good-hearted, yet tart and sharp in all the right places.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 16, 2003
It's Sister Act warmed over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Clover
Village Voice
September 16, 2003
There's some real gold within the 'hey, let's put on a show to save the church and along the way the soul of a decent man gone astray' by-the-bookster, if you can just strain out all the leaden Hollywoodisms.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2003
Exuberant musical numbers and comic characters bolster the film's time-honored premise.