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Temptation Reviews

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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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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
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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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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 29, 2013
It isn't until Temptation grows flamboyantly bad in its final act that it rises to the level of good dumb fun in the trashy tradition of Perry's most entertainingly awful films.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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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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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2013
Perry's ongoing disinterest in improving as a filmmaker is now seemingly part of his unshakable belief in himself, his insistence on doing his thing his way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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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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
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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 29, 2013
This heavy-handed melodrama represents one of Tyler Perry's weakest efforts ever, and that's saying something.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
March 29, 2013
A ludicrous marital drama-cum-morality play from contemporary black cinema's most prolific multihyphenate.
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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