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The Fighting Temptations Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    If Gooding can't get another "Boyz N the Hood" or "Jerry Maguire" soon, his career will need its own cork.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    To enjoy what's enjoyable in The Fighting Temptations, you've got to take in the music and shut out the words -- not the lyrics of the wonderful songs, but the dialogue stuffed into actors' mouths.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    This culture-clash romantic comedy, scripted by Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson, goes exactly where you'd expect, but helmer Lynn, a comedy vet, gets it there with such infectious energy that you don't much mind the story's predictability.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Not brilliant and it has some clunky moments where we see the plot wheels grinding, but it has its heart and its grin in the right places.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Breaks through as a delightful, surprisingly fresh comedy.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Makes shameless use of tried-and-true elements -- but it's hardly the same old song.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Great music, mediocre plot and acting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that one character is an unwed mother who's shunned by the church. There are some sexual references, including a man who brags about his conquests and asks children if they know he's their daddy and a crude reference to Mary Magdalene. One of the church leaders is exposed as a hypocrite who lied about her husband leaving her. Darren smokes expensive cigars and several characters drink, one to excess in a manner that's intended to be humorous.

  • Families can talk about whether the church should have refused to include Darren's mother and Lilly.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Diverse characters are warm friends and colleagues; strong minority characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: None.

  • sex false3

    Sex: One character is an unwed mother. There are some sexual references, including a man who brags about his conquests.

  • language false3

    Language: A few strong words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character smokes expensive cigars, drinking.