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The Gospel Reviews

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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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 7, 2005
So doggedly positive that it amounts to a glossy version of a Sunday-school instructional film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2006
Hallelujah for the hymns! They save "The Gospel."
| Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 7, 2005
A heartfelt but muddled melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
October 6, 2005
Endeavors to be a powerful tale of faith and forgiveness, but in the end fails to capture even the slightest essence of spirituality and religious belief, or to provide any real insight into its characters' conflicts, desires and motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 14, 2005
The Gospel loses focus, getting every bit as lost as its characters.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 7, 2005
Voices soar in The Gospel, but the story drags.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 4, 2005
A banal, artless, cliché-ridden fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
October 6, 2005
There's a lot of talk here about religion, as well as plenty of gospel singing, but no sense of what these characters truly believe.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 7, 2005
This is a soap opera through and through, with church politics in place of sexual dalliances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Hill
October 9, 2005
. . .the movie never reaches the promised land.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 12, 2005
The whole thing smacks of an overpopulated 'daytime drama.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 8, 2005
The acting's pretty decent
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 7, 2005
A sermon writ as large as a multiplex movie screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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