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Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

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About the Movie

Jurnee Smollet-Bell and Lance Gross star in this explosive romance about forbidden desires. Tyler Perry's TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR tells the provocative story of Judith, an ambitious married woman whose temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal and recklessness, trapping her in a web of deceit that forever alters the course of her life. Also starring Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 3.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Limp pacing and countless shots of Washington's skyline plague the narrative. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Mar 29, 2013

Rotten: A few wild, third-act twists give Perry's middling melodrama some soap-opera kick. But all the finger-wagging sure does get tiring after a while. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 29, 2013

Rotten: A ludicrous marital drama-cum-morality play from contemporary black cinema's most prolific multihyphenate. – Scott Foundas, Variety, Mar 29, 2013

Rotten: Perry's ongoing disinterest in improving as a filmmaker is now seemingly part of his unshakable belief in himself, his insistence on doing his thing his way. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Mar 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews


Let's be honest. There's nothing subtle about a Tyler Perry movie. In "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor," his latest big-screen play-turned-film, each scene is so predictable, you can basically finish all the actors' lines for them. Scratch that, you'd probably come up with something even better than what's on the script. This time out, the writer/director/producer reaches into his grab bag of family value clichés and morality-based stories to share the tale of Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Brice (Lance Gross) - a seemingly happy couple who've been together since they were kids on the farm, flirting against the wishes of Judith's God-fearing mother (Ella Joyce). After getting hitched, they move to the big city and set out on their careers. Brice is happy being a pharmacist, while the more ambitious Judith lands a big gig at a high-end millionaire matchmaker service as a relationship counselor, where she faces off against a stuck-up, materialistic co-worker (Kim Kardashian, who's pretty much playing herself) and her cartoonish boss (Vanessa Williams). Then, one day, a smooth-talking tech millionaire named Harley (Robbie Jones) comes into Judith's workplace and starts relentlessly pursuing her, enticing her with his wealth and physicality. Of course, unassuming Brice doesn't stand a chance. We all know, just from the straightforward title, where the story is headed, but boy, does it take a long time to get there. The conversations are ridiculously long (it almost feels like torture having to hear Kim's nasally voice for five straight minutes), the characters are essentially the same predictable stereotypes we've seen in previous Perry films, and the heavy-handed moral teachings are constantly rammed down our throats in nearly every scene. In order to make an indiscrete point about our main characters' sins of adultery, Perry predictably tosses in alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic abuse, and even the threat of an HIV infection as punishment for the promiscuous. But even with all its blatant clichés, "Temptation" surprisingly manages to be an entertaining experience throughout most of its run time - for all the wrong reasons, of course. The film is so over-the-top and gratingly preachy in its flawed attempts at delivering its moral message that it progressively starts to devolve into pure unintentional comedy. The dialogue is hilariously atrocious, the cast's "dramatic" performances are so lacking in emotion and subtlety that they come across as laughable, and the climax is a trashy, excessively dumb showdown with a twist so generic, it almost makes you wanna shake your head in embarrassment for the writers. Smollett-Bell is the only actress in the film who provides some genuine talent to her role, but even she can't make up for the script's sappy, overbearing melodrama and Kim's Razzie-worthy performance. "Temptation" may not be Perry's worst movie to date, but it's sure not one of his best. Do I regret watching it? Not at all. It's an enjoyably bad flick with a cast of awkwardly bland characters, a story crammed full of generic stereotypes and contrived plot twists, and some of the worst pacing, editing, and directing I've seen in a very long time. By the time the credits popped up, I just couldn't stop laughing. It's kind of like watching a train wreck that keeps escalating into a giant, blazing fire, and despite your better judgment, you can't look away. With all the subtlety and sophistication of an '80s after school special, "Temptation" is a hysterically unfocused erotic melodrama best suited for Perry's devoted fan base, as well as those looking for a cheap laugh at a ridiculously over-the-top PG-13 movie. And hey, at least I can honestly say this is the most fun I've ever had watching a Tyler Perry film.

Don't insult my intelligence.

If Tyler Perry wants to get me to watch his movies, don't pull a cheap publicity stunt by putting a Kardashian in it- that's the same as having Lindsey Lohan in it just to get people to talk about it. She has no talent or redeeming qualities, can't act, and just pops up in things because of business opportunities not because she has talent or substance. I will not refer others to the movie or even admit I checked it out after such a cheap trashy move like that. Make a film because it's a good story told well and entertaining, don't throw garbage in the mix just to get attention and expect that to help promote it. Because the Kardashian was in there I will not recommend the movie.

It was a good movie...

It did was it was suppose to do. Show the consequences of infidelity, drug use, and unprotected sex. I really loved Jurnee in her first attempt at playing in an adult role (correct me if this isn't her first). I was a bit disappointed at Lance Gross but he wasn't the entire movie cast. I've read other's comments and the one I most agree with is Tyler has become a bit predictable, and all of his movie tend to remind you of some other movie scene. But overall it was a good watch, and entertaining. I got the message.