Temptation Reviews

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Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 4, 2013
Tyler Perry has found a star in Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
April 1, 2013
Perry accurately points out how, when a marriage gets dull, you don't actually need a rich, intense playboy (Robbie Jones) who reveals himself to be Lucifer incarnate to speed up the "till death do us part" process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
March 30, 2013
A present-day parable preaching to the choir with sobering warnings about taking your mate for granted and the love of money as the root of all evil. The Gospel according to Tyler Perry!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
March 30, 2013
When its third act erupts into full-blown theatrical maximalism, Tyler Perry's Temptation practically turns into Brian De Palma's Temptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
March 29, 2013
For rational, sane people it's bound to be considered one of the worst films of the year, but for seekers of wretched, glorious camp, it may be an instant classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
June 26, 2015
Opting to make an adult version scared straight instead of a thoughtful, provocative piece on marriage, Perry hopes to frighten couples to stay together with his latest drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
Perry's movies have become so thematically grandiose, visually incoherent, and self-defensively bourgeois that the only way to receive them lately is as a cynic.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 9, 2013
Straitlaced and sermonizing, this is a sluggish cautionary tale about deviating from righteous church teachings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 6, 2013
Smollett-Bell, Gross, and Brandy work hard to bring an emotional authenticity to their characters and relationships--an authenticity that is ultimately negated by questionable choices in Perry's script and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013
beyond dumb
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 5, 2013
Perry has now built a media empire from spinning his own wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 4, 2013
Never has a film so needed Tyler Perry in Madea drag or a pot of boiling grits hurled in someone's face.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 3, 2013
There are many problems with the opening two-thirds of Temptation; an infinity of problems. But the biggest is that it's immoderately boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 1, 2013
Perry has some worthwhile filmic models-Temptation gestures at Woody Allen in its setup, and Douglas Sirk in its melodrama-but he isn't even in the same star cluster as those greats.
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
April 1, 2013
Look, we know what's going to happen. The movie's called Temptation, okay? Yet we still have to sit through more than an hour of flirty glances and repetitive conversations between Judith and Harley until anything vaguely adulterous occurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Peter Sobczynski
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2013
Tyler Perry's Temptation is an awful, awful film and while it is easy to mock and dismiss, it is also kind of a shame to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 1, 2013
Tyler Perry is a moralist who doesn't have sense enough to engage us by making sin look like fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dave White
Movies.com
April 1, 2013
[Perry's] characters, if they could speak outside of his universe, would do nothing but scream in agony as life crushes them in its God-shaped vise of moral consequence. And that is awesome to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
March 30, 2013
Soapy melodrama has mixed messages about love and marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
March 29, 2013
Limp pacing and countless shots of Washington's skyline plague the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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