Leap of Faith (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Leap of Faith (1992)




Critic Consensus: Steve Martin's layered performance transcends the somewhat undercooked narrative of Leap of Faith.

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Richard Pearce's comedy-drama stars Steve Martin as Jonas Nightengale, a con artist whose latest scheme has him posing as a traveling evangelist. When his caravan breaks down in a poor Southern town, he tries to make the best of the situation by exploiting the community for all its worth.

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Steve Martin
as Jonas Nightengale
Debra Winger
as Jane Larson
Liam Neeson
as Sheriff Will Braverman
Meat Loaf
as Hoover
as Georgette
Delores Hall
as Ornella
Tommy Rae Green
as Angel of Mercy
Troy Evans
as Officer Lowell Dade
Grover Washington Jr.
as Old Black Man
David L. Emmons
as Jerry Joe
Mary Jackson
as Emma Schlapp
Georgia Ellis
as Angel of Mercy
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Critic Reviews for Leap of Faith

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

The movie is lively but half-baked: it dribbles away its promising subject. Some Christmas feast this has turned out to be: it's like munching on leftovers.

February 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie itself has considerable qualities, among them Martin's performance as Nightengale. This isn't the sleek, groomed, prosperous Steve Martin we've seen in movies like L.A. Story. It's Martin as a seedy, desperate, bright, greedy man without hope.

February 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lolita Davidovich leads a wonderful supporting cast that includes Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Meatloaf, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

September 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

Dances back and forth across genre lines to memorable but mixed effect.

July 21, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's half a good film, only lacking the courage of its cynicism.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Martin gives a multi-layered performance

March 31, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Leap of Faith

Predictable from the first minutes. The story's to blame here. Martin is good as a bogus preacher but is given nowhere to go.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


One of Steve Martin's last interesting roles.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

I like most Steve Martin movies. This one was fun enough with him as a faith healer stuck in a small town. I enjoyed it. There was comedy, drama and a bit of romance. A successful premise.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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