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: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Sheila Norman-Culp
Associated Press

This is a bellyaching, foot-stomping, hoot-and-hollering movie for any crowd.

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Neil Smith

All about the music, and you'd have to be truly tone-deaf not to respond to its soaring harmonies and spirited spirituality.

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Kaleem Aftab
The List

The ensuing life lesson drama has all the spice of a bowl of oats.

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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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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.

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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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Great music, mediocre plot and acting.

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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.

LaTonya Taylor
Christianity Today

Although there are plenty of positive, feel-good elements to this movie, they are outweighed by missed opportunities to do something more valuable.

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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