The Gospel
The Gospel (2005)

David, a successful R&B singer, returns home when he learns that his father, a much-loved bishop in the local church, is ill and becomes disturbed by the grasping, self-serving issues that plague the church.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 7, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it features outstanding musical numbers, The Gospel reduces a series of worthy themes -- faith, family, forgiveness -- to soapy, banal clichés.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Cole Smithey

"The Gospel" is a cliché-filled movie with low production values that says nothing significant about gospel music or its core values.

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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

Voices soar in The Gospel, but the story drags.

Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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.

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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly

It's a rich portrait of a church in transition.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

So doggedly positive that it amounts to a glossy version of a Sunday-school instructional film.

LaTonya Taylor
Christianity Today

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A good all around movie, About a Rap singer coming home to help his fathers church, meets a beautiful girl and changes his ways, for the girl or for the… More