The Preacher's Wife

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Solid performances and a steady directorial hand help The Preacher's Wife offer some reliably heartwarming - albeit fairly predictable - holiday cheer.

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A cleric begins to doubt himself and is visited by an angel. The heavenly emissary is supposed to help the good reverend over his midlife crisis, but he is distracted by the cleric's lovely young wife. A remake with gospel music of the "The Bishop's Wife".

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Critic Reviews for The Preacher's Wife

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (18)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.

    September 24, 2002 | Full Review…
  • The Preacher's Wife qualifies as old-fashioned Hollywood movie making at its corniest and most saccharine. But the mostly African American cast puts an engaging spin on the chestnut, and it works beautifully.

    June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For a movie that might have offered a new twist of the mistletoe, The Preacher's Wife delivers the Scrooge-like acceptable market minimum.

    April 12, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The Preacher's Wife is one Christmas picture that actually is in the spirit of the season. It's warm, sentimental, amusing yet serious, bringing fantasy to bear upon the painfully real.

    February 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Preacher's Wife

  • Dec 20, 2014
    A modern update of a holiday classic, The Preacher's Wife attempts to tell an uplifting tale but ends up being a Whitney Houston vanity project. The story follows an angel named Dudley (played by Denzel Washington) who comes to the aid of a worn-out preacher who's lost his way. Washington gives an excellent performance and brings a lot of charisma to the film, but Houston constantly tries to steal the spotlight, and finds any excuse she can to sing. Additionally, the plot is overly convoluted and doesn't flow very well. And, the tone is also uneven; constantly switching between comedy, drama, and romance. While it's entertaining and has a good heart, The Preacher's Wife doesn't have a clear vision of what type of film it wants to be.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2009
    Saw this one a few times when it was new. Liked it a good bit. Now I know it was right before Whitney turned crazy and as far from being like a preacher's wife than anything.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2008
    How bullshit can this be? Sigh, the unintelligent disaster of a romantic comedy remake, the sprinkling odor is lost, the charm and innocence is dead, so do yourself a favor like the challenging viewer you are and admit this buffalo wing is actually a raw turkey!
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2008
    A sweet Christmas movie about a small church and an angel who restores the faith.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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