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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 10 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Oct 17, 2013
    63
    The dialogue in places leans toward the banal, but a couple of plot twists help hold interest.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Oct 25, 2013
    50
    Molina's story is worth telling. I suspect that, in this form, it will reach some of the at-risk youth who are clearly his target audience. But for myself and most folks expecting a movie, it is too transparent an infomercial for the church to move the mountain.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 17, 2013
    40
    Glossier and more lavishly produced than most faith-based films, the film directed by Steve Race is ultimately undone by a relentless preachiness that gives it the feel of a two-hour sermon.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Oct 21, 2013
    30
    The road to hell is paved with well-intentioned clunkers like I’m in Love with a Church Girl, a strenuously sincere but tediously schematic and heavy-handed attempt at cinematic proselytizing for Christianity.
  5. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Oct 17, 2013
    30
    Suffers from the same ills as too many movies that preach to the choir: a laborious length, formulaic plot and dialogue and, disappointing for a film that stars a rapper, a stock score. Content aside, Molina's testimony isn't good cinema either.
  6. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Oct 17, 2013
    30
    This is a message film with the narrative sophistication of a recruiting pamphlet.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Oct 17, 2013
    30
    As a film, it’s sappy, preachy, and sleepily paced, but it also makes walking in faith seem about as flavorful and appealing as a lettuce sandwich on white bread, slathered in mayo.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 29, 2013
    25
    It’s a film of limp police procedures — stake outs that aren’t really clandestine, generic prison scenes, interrogations by underlines that suggest the leading players weren’t available on set for the entire day.
  9. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    This overlong drama plays like a threefold infomercial: for Christianity, the cheesy resort chain Sandals and Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins, the rapper-turned-actor playing drug kingpin Miles Montego.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Oct 17, 2013
    25
    The intentions for I’m in Love With a Church Girl may have been noble, but nearly every part of the delivery turns out to be flawed.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 17, 2013
    20
    There is no reason a film with an agenda can’t also be engaging or thought-provoking. But what we have here is not so much a movie as a blunt Sunday sermon.
  12. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 23, 2013
    11
    I’m in Love With a Church Girl is not unambitious: It crams into its two hours terminal illness, money laundering, a DEA sting, clubbing, a prolonged coma, and lots of Bible study. But the action – punishingly turgid, spread-it-on-a-cracker cheesy – feels inauthentic, ginned up only to promote the film’s come-to-Jesus messaging, and to call the acting amateurish does a disservice to hard-working amateurs everywhere.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 15, 2013
    10
    It's hard to quibble with Steve Race's film on theological grounds, though in narrative and aesthetic terms, there's something unholy about its mixture of inane clichés, shallow music-video glossiness, and incessant preaching.

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