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The Gospel Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 19, 2009
"The Gospel" is a cliché-filled movie with low production values that says nothing significant about gospel music or its core values.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
May 25, 2007
While The Gospel's faith-laced dialogue might annoy non-Christians, the plot mostly explores themes of a universal nature. Recommended to members of any faith for the stirring, onscreen performance of Grammy-winner Yolanda Adams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
LaTonya Taylor
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
A more-than-fine movie -- the kind that Christians who like to complain about Hollywood should support, and the kind that may appeal to people who aren't interested in church.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2006
Hallelujah for the hymns! They save "The Gospel."
| Original Score: C
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
October 22, 2005
The gospel performances recommend the movie most highly; otherwise it's not due for much praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
October 16, 2005
An appealing and entertaining package that makes up for whatever it lacks in perfectly polished sheen in exuberance and passion for its subject and message.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kim Morgan
October 15, 2005
Really, a musical would have been a much better idea.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 15, 2005
When the music isn't pounding in sanctified syncopation, the look and the dialogue of The Gospel are a lot like what you might see and hear on daytime TV.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2005
The soapy, cliche-ridden script aside, the picture is a technical mess of awkward framing and choppy editing that puts a dispiriting damper on all that uplifting music.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 14, 2005
The Gospel loses focus, getting every bit as lost as its characters.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 13, 2005
The lord may work in mysterious ways, but they shouldn't include bad acting and hack direction.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
October 13, 2005
Here's a dramatic version of a familiar story with a contemporary spin and fantastic music.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 12, 2005
The whole thing smacks of an overpopulated 'daytime drama.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2005
It's a rich portrait of a church in transition.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 11, 2005
I loved the music and I admired its good intentions. But there are just too many sub-professional touches for me to recommend the film.
Wilson Morales
October 10, 2005
While the script and editing are flawed, The Gospel is still an evening's entertainment with heart and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
October 9, 2005
"Wesley say and it shall be," pronounces Wesley (Omar Gooding) in The Gospel.
James Hill
October 9, 2005
. . .the movie never reaches the promised land.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 8, 2005
The acting's pretty decent
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
October 8, 2005
If the choppy screenplay could have been tightly scripted, there would have been something more convincing to forcefully sing about regarding this divine but disjointed ditty
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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