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Temptation Reviews

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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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Kate Erbland
MSN Movies
March 29, 2013
Perry's film lags and limps along its two-hour runtime before finally going whole hog on one of the most dizzyingly weird final acts in recent cinematic history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
March 29, 2013
The mixed tones don't quite meld; While Smollet-Bell is fine, the broad comedy is so sporadic it feels out of place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 29, 2013
Adding the no-talent Kim Kardashian to his sass and semonette formula was a mistake. Casting four dull leads was a bigger one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 29, 2013
And really, who better to shill for the institution of marriage than 43-year-old bachelor Perry, who uses homosexuality as a punch line (or symbol of evil decadence) and HIV as a cheap plot gimmick?
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William Goss
Film.com
March 29, 2013
The first half is a functional (if exceedingly predictable) melodrama before devolving, just as predictably, into a cautionary cartoon.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
March 29, 2013
Tyler Perry's insane, inane Old Testament-style morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013
beyond dumb
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 29, 2013
Should've been left short and sinister. Embellishing the material with superfluous detail only manages to water down the movie's inviting soap opera decadence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
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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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
March 29, 2013
A few wild, third-act twists give Perry's middling melodrama some soap-opera kick. But all the finger-wagging sure does get tiring after a while.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
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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
Perry Seibert
TV 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
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
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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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 29, 2013
If Perry has had one strength as a dramatist, it's been his willingness to empathize with villains as well as victims. In Temptation, he lacks even that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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