Box art for Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

drama, romance

An ambitious married woman whose temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness and forever alters the course of her life.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Soapy melodrama has mixed messages about love and marriage.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Temptation is another Tyler Perry drama that deals with issues of marriage, fidelity, and faith. Like most of Perry's movies, there's an emphasis on mature (and sometimes disturbing) issues like adultery, domestic abuse, and even HIV. There are a couple of sex scenes (as well as a party where both same- and opposite-sex couples kiss) and plenty of sexual references. Language includes a few uses of "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch," and there's some upsetting violence: A man beats his girlfriend nearly unconscious, a woman describes how her ex tried to kill her, and a man pounds on another man after learning of his despicable actions. Substance abuse (alcohol and cocaine) is also depicted.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Tyler Perry's Temptation has to say about marriage. Is there a bias against "young" marriage in the movie? Do you agree with the idea that people should be intimate with more than one person in order to know if they're truly compatible? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Does it seem believable that someone like Judith would turn away from her marriage (especially considering she's a marriage counselor) so easily? What could she have done to avoid the titular "temptation"?
  • Critics of Perry's movies complain that they're too preachy and soap operaish. Do you think there were too many "issues" explored in the movie? Did it seem like a morality tale? If so, what's the takeaway?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: And really, who better to shill for the institution of marriage than 43-year-old bachelor Perry, who uses homosexuality as a punch line (or symbol of evil decadence) and HIV as a cheap plot gimmick?

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Friday, March 29, 2013

Rotten: Limp pacing and countless shots of Washington's skyline plague the narrative.

- Andy Webster, New York Times, Friday, March 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, Friday, March 29, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Tyler....When are we really going to put together a love story with real substance, this movie was so predictable, I like Jurnee Smollett-Bell she is awesome, but lets focus on a real mind boggling how is this story gonna end, "I thought he was the one that did it" Wow! kinda love story

- vippasss, Monday, May 6, 2013

5 stars

Seen the movie it is very good it,has a great point to it. Great actors. I thought Kim K did a good job acting,in this movie also

- jacksonchoyce5, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

3 stars

Somewhat predictable (because of the title) yet I was intrigued to know how the movie ends (realistic). Jurnee sparkles throughout the movie and I was glad to see her return to big screen. Well, Kim portrays a character that resembles her personality so it was a no-brainer role for her. In theatres now.

- fb562609825, Monday, April 1, 2013