The Preacher's Wife
The Preacher's Wife (1996)

In an impoverished area of New York City, Reverend Henry Biggs struggles to keep St. Matthew's Baptist Church afloat. Funds are low, and Henry begins losing his faith. He prays for help, which comes in the form of Dudley, a handsome man… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Esther Iverem
Washington Post

There are many good reasons for going to see The Preacher's Wife.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie could have done more, but what it does, it makes you feel good about.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

For a movie that might have offered a new twist of the mistletoe, The Preacher's Wife delivers the Scrooge-like acceptable market minimum.

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Has a big heart, but no sense of pace and conflict to sustain the viewing experience for an unnerving two hours.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Bad...
danny d
great movie
Jason Owens
Saw this one a few times when it was new. Liked it a good bit. Now I know it was right before Whitney turned crazy and as far from being like a preacher's… More
xGary Xx
Soulless reworking of The Bishops wife punctuated by Whitney Houston's irritating yodeling. Pointless and trite.
Candy Rose
Nice christmasy, heart warming movie. I think this was one of the first movies I'd seen Denzel in. He has a great smile. Great music by Whitney. Her voice… More
Leigh Ryan
Fabulously beautiful.

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