The Gospel
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Close friends become unexpected rivals as they struggle to keep their spiritual home alive in this musical drama from writer and director Rob Hardy. David (Michael J. Pagan) and Frank (Sean Nelson) are two close friends who are members of the same Baptist church in Atlanta. The teenagers have developed a deep and abiding faith in Christ, and both aspire to become ministers some day; David, who has also become a star vocalist with the choir, is thought to have a head start since his father is the congregation's pastor, Bishop Taylor (Clifton Powell). However, David's faith is shaken… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"The soapy, cliche-ridden script aside, the picture is a technical mess of awkward framing and choppy editing that puts a dispiriting damper on all that uplifting music."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"I loved the music and I admired its good intentions. But there are just too many sub-professional touches for me to recommend the film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
""The Gospel" is a cliché-filled movie with low production values that says nothing significant about gospel music or its core values."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Hallelujah for the hymns! They save "The Gospel.""
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Really, a musical would have been a much better idea."
‑ Kim Morgan,
"When the music isn't pounding in sanctified syncopation, the look and the dialogue of The Gospel are a lot like what you might see and hear on daytime TV."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Voices soar in The Gospel, but the story drags."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"While The Gospel's faith-laced dialogue might annoy non-Christians, the plot mostly explores themes of a universal nature. Recommended to members of any faith for the stirring, onscreen performance of Grammy-winner Yolanda Adams."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"The gospel performances recommend the movie most highly; otherwise it's not due for much praise."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"The Gospel loses focus, getting every bit as lost as its characters."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"It's a rich portrait of a church in transition."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"So doggedly positive that it amounts to a glossy version of a Sunday-school instructional film."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A more-than-fine movie -- the kind that Christians who like to complain about Hollywood should support, and the kind that may appeal to people who aren't interested in church."
‑ LaTonya Taylor, Christianity Today
"An appealing and entertaining package that makes up for whatever it lacks in perfectly polished sheen in exuberance and passion for its subject and message."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The lord may work in mysterious ways, but they shouldn't include bad acting and hack direction."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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