The Fighting Temptations
The Fighting Temptations (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The music is the only saving grace in this predictable and eager-to-please comedy.

Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

You may not be dancing in the aisle, but at least you won't be tempted to flee the theater.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

May not be great cinema, but it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

A shamelessly feelgood movie with a lightweight moral theme involving honesty, prejudice and hypocrisy, it narrowly keeps its head above the cliches by virtue of its attractive star and musical numbers.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great music, mediocre plot and acting.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The only real question in this flaccid narrative ... is when everybody will stop talking and start singing again.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The Fighting Temptations exists for its rousing gospel soundtrack, which is at times so good that you can forgive the movie its flaws.

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Cole Smithey

The indifferent gospel music that permeates the movie never solidifies with the dramatic might that the genre is known for...

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Good story, bad film.
Fascade Fiveoneeight
An incredible movie on how an executive finds himself going in one direction while his lost religious "soul" takes him into another direction.… More
Joseph Eastmond
Could've been funnier. Yet, when it comes to Gooding Jr. picking good films, this is simply a wiser choice compared to some of the films he has… More