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  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Its message is sugarcoated in a schmaltzy, clichéd story line about Smith's conflicts with streetwise black minister (Jeff Obafemi Carr) - and sabotaged by hackneyed dialogue, sluggish pacing and a listless performance by Smith, who only springs to life when he's singing. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    As a film, it is earnest, cliched, often awkward and unlikely to inspire anyone who isn't already thoroughly sold on its message of salvation through community activism. show more

  • 50
    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. Some of those, unfortunately, are lost in the uneven performances. show more

  • 58
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Competently directed by Christian music producer Steve Taylor, it's a sincerely (if not exactly subtly) performed spiritual drama with a faith-based lesson in humility and the practical charity of offering a helping hand. show more

  • 60
    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. show more

  • 60
    The New York Times

    Startlingly direct if unavoidably preachy, The Second Chance takes aim at Christianity's racial divide and the corporatization of faith. Its message is simple: being a Christian requires more than just dropping a check in the collection plate every Sunday morning. show more

  • 60
    Justin Chang Variety

    The crisply made feature delivers an involving if not always persuasive portrait of religious leaders in conflict. show more

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