83

Entertainment Weekly

Makes shameless use of tried-and-true elements -- but it's hardly the same old song.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A raucous gospel comedy that's as broad as co-star Beyonce Knowles' vowels and chockablock with foot-stomping, up-with-the-choir music that will have even atheists praising the Lord.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Breaks through as a delightful, surprisingly fresh comedy.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A warm comic story that's fairly engaging even when no one is singing.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not brilliant and it has some clunky moments where we see the plot wheels grinding, but it has its heart and its grin in the right places.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
This culture-clash romantic comedy, scripted by Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson, goes exactly where you'd expect, but helmer Lynn, a comedy vet, gets it there with such infectious energy that you don't much mind the story's predictability.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You have an overstuffed story line, sloppy filmmaking, a general thinness of conception (if you've seen "Sister Act," you've pretty much seen The Fighting Temptations), and a lead performance that starts out obnoxious and becomes actively grating.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A woefully thin and pointless musical comedy boasting the no-chemistry coupling of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonc?
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
To enjoy what's enjoyable in The Fighting Temptations, you've got to take in the music and shut out the words -- not the lyrics of the wonderful songs, but the dialogue stuffed into actors' mouths.
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38

USA Today

By Mike Clark
If Gooding can't get another "Boyz N the Hood" or "Jerry Maguire" soon, his career will need its own cork.
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53 out of 100
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