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The Preacher's Wife Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 15, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
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.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 14, 2005
Definitely not Denzel Washington's finest hour.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
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
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
You'd probably get more enjoyment out of the soundtrack than the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Penny Marshall's remake of The Bishop's Wife is very uneven -- sometimes sweet or soulful, often stiff.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
There are so many Whitney Houston singing opportunities here that the filmmakers might just as well have thrown caution to the wind and made a full-blown musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Dudley seems a bit too mortal here, not quite otherworldly enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Penny Marshall's latest could turn the most God-fearing citizen into an atheist.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
At best only manages to showcase the tonsil talents of gospel singing Whitney to little lasting effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
An endearingly modest entertainment elevated by the luminous double presence of Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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