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Brian Orndorf
February 18, 2013
Has a big heart, but no sense of pace and conflict to sustain the viewing experience for an unnerving two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
While the sheer force of Washington's charisma keeps his otherwise monotonous character watchable, the same can't be said for the late Houston, woefully flat in a malnourished role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 6, 2012
The music, the chemistry between Houston and Washington, and minor characters that make us smile make this film worth watching-especially around Christmas, when this is set.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix
September 5, 2009
Houston's inevitable chart-toppers aside, the film mainly sells the values of cooperation and good-samaritanism.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 14, 2005
Definitely not Denzel Washington's finest hour.
| Original Score: 1/5
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
Generally pleasant and unobjectionable, if not rather bland.
| Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 15, 2003
Lukewarm update of the superior "Bishop's Wife."
| Original Score: 3/5
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Esther Iverem
Washington Post
September 24, 2002
There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Reminds us to cherish the ones we love for they are the presence of God in our lives.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
A sweet, sentimental, well-intentioned spoonful of holiday cheer that's pleasant enough as long as one doesn't take too close a look at how little of it really makes any sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
All the singing make for a slim plot and slimmer characters. Neveretheless, if you like Houston, you'll love The Preacher's Wife.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
For a movie that might have offered a new twist of the mistletoe, The Preacher's Wife delivers the Scrooge-like acceptable market minimum.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
If not for the pervasive spirit of the season, something like this could easily send me into sugar shock. It's a little too nice and happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A welcome boost for audiences seeking images of black characters without criminal tendencies.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Penny Marshall's latest could turn the most God-fearing citizen into an atheist.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
While it sounds like standard promotional overstatement, it makes sense: even if Washington has top billing, our Miss Thing is the film's (and the CD's) major asset, no question.
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