75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A bad movie so over-the-top that at moments it's almost good - or, at least, more arresting than it has any right to be.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the jokes are obvious and the romance formulaic, a good-natured sensibility saves the film from being too hokey. The individual parts may not work, but the sum remains entertaining.
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50

Premiere

By Kevin Allison
As preposterously awkward, naïve and contrived as this movie is, it's still a curious sort of pleasure to witness-especially the gospel singing scenes.
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50

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
This is a movie that falls short only because it insists on grabbing for so much.
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50

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Diary rather sloppily blends melodrama and spiritual uplift with crass comedy, sometimes in the same scene.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Blows to the head are delivered with more subtlety than the message of Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Harris and particularly Elise give over-the-top performances that bring Diary to the edge of soap opera.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
In an awkward split-personality way, it works some of the time.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
An absolute mess with no coherent tone, story or point of view.
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36 out of 100
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