Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
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  1. 50
    It might work on video for viewers who glance up at the screen from time to time. The more attention you pay to it, the less it's there.
  2. 40
    Chanteuse Toni Braxton, making her feature film debut as Juanita, a snobbish Slocumb relative, delivers a scene-stealing turn.
  3. A succession of shrill overacting jobs.
  4. This joyous film, which confronts pain, loss and transgression with love, wisdom and forgiveness amid inspired humor, has it all.
  5. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    The characters and their dilemmas are never convincing.
  6. Most of the right laughs in most of the right places and some unexpected ones thrown in.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    In the end, it's simple warmth and sincerity that make this ensemble piece so disarming.
  8. 75
    Modest, tasty, and it goes down easy, like home cooking.
  9. 63
    A hit and miss proposition, with an abundance of laughs and emotional highlights to help brighten the dimly lit corners of cliche-mongering.
  10. 63
    Strolls from high sentiment to low humor without a stumble, but without reaching any great depth or height.
  11. More a grab-bag of loosely connected scenes and lives than a film with a firm sense of direction.
  12. The cartoonish characters and outsize performances don't make a smooth transition from stage to screen.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    It's reduced to glorified refereeing of family squabbles discomfortingly magnified by his frequent use of close-ups.
  14. The whole thing's as phony as a funeral oration from a pastor who never knew the deceased.
  15. The characters are tired stereotypes, the sentimentality nauseating and the situation comedy way below the standards of the very worst WB or UPN shows.
  16. Cranks up the hysteria to screechy sitcom levels.
  17. What slays them in the second balcony, though, flattens on the screen.
  18. Manages to be profound without being pompous.
  19. Everything leading up to the finale is funny and often heartfelt.
  20. You are left with the feeling that its excesses notwithstanding, it knows its chosen terrain.
  21. You're hard-pressed to dislike the film.
  22. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    Uneven but generally well-acted.
  23. So many stars means so little room for character and plot.
  24. 40
    Demands high tolerance for low comedy.
  25. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Not even Goldberg's near-flawless central performance can polish Kingdom Come beyond mere soap opera pap.
  26. 40
    Satisfying in small ways.

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