The Fighting Temptations
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Darren, a morally vacant and debt-ridden advertising executive in New York, travels back to his small southern town in Alabama to attend his aunt's funeral--and more so, to cash in on an inheritance. However, soon thereafter, he discovers that in order to collect, he must first lead the local church gospel choir to success at a national competition. Desperate for money, Darren embarks on the nearly impossible challenge of turning the choir of lackluster parishioners into Gospel gold. In order to rejuvenate the malaised locals, he searches frantically for the best voices in town and finds… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is an exhilarating musical -- but it's dragged into Thumbs Down territory by a dreadful story that creaks along between the rousing gospel numbers."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Has practically nothing to recommend it save its music: Take that away and Jonathan Lynn's movie is as ordinary as an unsold TV pilot episode. But what music."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Great music, mediocre plot and acting."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...the plot's stupid, the writing's bad, the acting is barely professional, but the movie isn't evil."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The Fighting Temptations is a movie that will soften even the most cynical moviegoer. You can see most of it coming a mile away, and it still works."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"The only real question in this flaccid narrative ... is when everybody will stop talking and start singing again."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The Fighting Temptations exists for its rousing gospel soundtrack, which is at times so good that you can forgive the movie its flaws."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The indifferent gospel music that permeates the movie never solidifies with the dramatic might that the genre is known for..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"You might think this prodigal would learn to take responsibility for his lies ... or humbly accept the consequences of his crimes and change. Nope."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Down-home, good-natured sense of humor, but a sitcom-ish sentimentality often veering between Sunday sermonizing and silliness."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"May not be great cinema, but it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"The music is glorious."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Although there are plenty of positive, feel-good elements to this movie, they are outweighed by missed opportunities to do something more valuable."
‑ LaTonya Taylor, Christianity Today
"As a romantic comedy...neither exceptional nor groundbreaking. But as a musical, the movie bursts with foot-stomping, arm-swaying, finger-snapping gospel music."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"hopelessly sub-standard feel-good fare"
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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