San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The effect is like watching an opera without music. Or a musical drama in which no one sings. These departures from a realistic convention never feel like static set pieces - that's the great success of the film and of the poems themselves.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The writer-director waited until he had the clout, budget and prestige to attract a top-flight cast, then turned Colored Girls into a movie with a little less darkness but plenty of heart and guts.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
Perry's great gift to this unfilmable play is getting it on the screen, his sharp eye for casting and his evident affection and sympathy for black womanhood, even in movies in which he doesn't don a dress.
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By Michelle Orange
Perry weaves together not just the individual stories but their arcs, sustaining the emotional tenor across the progress of nine lives.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's too much too-much. The audience I saw it with didn't seem to know whether to clap when it was over or start taking Lipitor.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At its best, Shange's work is a lyric journey through the storm to the rainbow. At its worst, Perry's movie is a relentless dance between the victimizer and his victim. Shange's poetic flow gets choked by Perry's stilted prose.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
"This is a woman's trip," it is announced in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls, and how you respond to those words will likely determine how you respond to the film itself.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Perry has taken Shange's feminist word-and-movement portraits of disenfranchised African-American women and turned those howls into...a maddeningly choppy mess of a Tyler Perry movie.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Kimberly Elise gives the best performance as a beleaguered woman with an abusive boyfriend (Michael Ealy).
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
(Perry) style is too crude and stagy for Shange's transformative evocation of black female life, and his moralizing strikes exactly the wrong notes to express the pain and longing that cries out from her heated poetry.
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50 out of 100
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