The Preacher's Wife
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An angel wonders if love can be Heaven on Earth in this family-themed romantic fantasy. Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) is the pastor of a struggling Baptist church in a poor section of New York City. Biggs is devoted to serving his flock and his community, but things are not easy; membership is down, money is tight, the furnace is broken, and real estate mogul Joe Hamilton (Gregory Hines) wants to buy the property and put up condominiums. The strain is taking its toll on Biggs' marriage to his childhood sweetheart Julia (Whitney Houston), and in a moment of desperation, he prays to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife."
‑ Esther Iverem, Washington Post
"The Preacher's Wife is one Christmas picture that actually is in the spirit of the season. It's warm, sentimental, amusing yet serious, bringing fantasy to bear upon the painfully real."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"While the sheer force of Washington's charisma keeps his otherwise monotonous character watchable, the same can't be said for the late Houston, woefully flat in a malnourished role."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Houston's inevitable chart-toppers aside, the film mainly sells the values of cooperation and good-samaritanism."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"Lukewarm update of the superior "Bishop's Wife.""
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"The Preacher's Wife qualifies as old-fashioned Hollywood movie making at its corniest and most saccharine. But the mostly African American cast puts an engaging spin on the chestnut, and it works beautifully."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The music, the chemistry between Houston and Washington, and minor characters that make us smile make this film worth watching-especially around Christmas, when this is set."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Definitely not Denzel Washington's finest hour."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Reminds us to cherish the ones we love for they are the presence of God in our lives."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"For a movie that might have offered a new twist of the mistletoe, The Preacher's Wife delivers the Scrooge-like acceptable market minimum."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Has a big heart, but no sense of pace and conflict to sustain the viewing experience for an unnerving two hours."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Generally pleasant and unobjectionable, if not rather bland."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"A sweet, sentimental, well-intentioned spoonful of holiday cheer that's pleasant enough as long as one doesn't take too close a look at how little of it really makes any sense."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
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