63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
The dialogue in places leans toward the banal, but a couple of plot twists help hold interest.
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50

RogerEbert.com

By Steven Boone
Molina's story is worth telling. I suspect that, in this form, it will reach some of the at-risk youth who are clearly his target audience. But for myself and most folks expecting a movie, it is too transparent an infomercial for the church to move the mountain.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Glossier and more lavishly produced than most faith-based films, the film directed by Steve Race is ultimately undone by a relentless preachiness that gives it the feel of a two-hour sermon.
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30

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
As a film, it’s sappy, preachy, and sleepily paced, but it also makes walking in faith seem about as flavorful and appealing as a lettuce sandwich on white bread, slathered in mayo.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Annlee Ellingson
Suffers from the same ills as too many movies that preach to the choir: a laborious length, formulaic plot and dialogue and, disappointing for a film that stars a rapper, a stock score. Content aside, Molina's testimony isn't good cinema either.
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30

The New York Times

By Miriam Bale
This is a message film with the narrative sophistication of a recruiting pamphlet.
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30

Variety

By Joe Leydon
The road to hell is paved with well-intentioned clunkers like I’m in Love with a Church Girl, a strenuously sincere but tediously schematic and heavy-handed attempt at cinematic proselytizing for Christianity.
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25

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s a film of limp police procedures — stake outs that aren’t really clandestine, generic prison scenes, interrogations by underlines that suggest the leading players weren’t available on set for the entire day.
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25

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
This overlong drama plays like a threefold infomercial: for Christianity, the cheesy resort chain Sandals and Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins, the rapper-turned-actor playing drug kingpin Miles Montego.
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10

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
It's hard to quibble with Steve Race's film on theological grounds, though in narrative and aesthetic terms, there's something unholy about its mixture of inane clichés, shallow music-video glossiness, and incessant preaching.
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23 out of 100
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