The Second Chance
The Second Chance (2006)

Ethan Jenkins and Jake Sanders are pastors who come from very different backgrounds. White and well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at media-savvy suburban mega-church The Rock; Jake is a street-smart African-American who… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Justin Chang

As divided as the two very different churches at its center, The Second Chance reps an uneasy marriage of spiritual conviction and dramatic expedience.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

A movie-of-the-week treatment of race and class, the film credibly portrays the day-to-day workings of an urban ministry.

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A modern morality play whose positive messages are undercut by its pandering, paternalistic tone.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[The film is] designed to launch Christian pop singer Michael W. Smith as a movie brand name. It doesn't really succeed at that, but it does manage to send a positive message in a pretty polished movie, a message aimed at regular church-goers.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

It's not the message that bothered me but the obvious way in which it's delivered.

Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today

This may be a church movie, but it's one of the better ones.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

[The film is] sabotaged by hackneyed dialogue, sluggish pacing and a listless performance by Smith, who only springs to life when he's singing.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Second Chance delivers its parable of spiritual growth with enough tender nuance that it doesn't merely preach to the choir.

Chris Thilk
Film Threat

There are a lot of good messages in The Second Chance about how Christianity is a mix of love, both gentle and tough.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Dannielle Albert
I love the arogance of the pastors, the leasson they learned: "love your enemy." The humility when they washed one another's feet. That part… More
Erin Collins
I actually thought this was a good movie (I had my doubts). The Christianity aspect drew me in, but the story line held my attention.
William Goss
A modest Jesus-fish-out-of-water story.
Mondo McDonald
Pretty Well done, good message and not dumbed down... i liked it