75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This latest market-savvy bit of circuit preaching is less cartoonish than Perry's previous big-tent revival meetings.
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67

Austin Chronicle

Unflinchingly addressing issues of class and race, Perry juggles multiple plot lines and the result emerges as (dare I say?) a surprising mix of Frank Capra and Douglas Sirk.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Happily, Perry's strength as a filmmaker is that he genuinely loves his actors, and they love him back. What his movies lack in exposition they make up for in performances.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Luke Sader
Daddy's Little Girls may be heavy-handed and drearily predictable, but it also should connect with its core audience as solidly as Perry's previous efforts did, even if the drama is frequently just as over the top as its predecessors.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
There are fewer laughs and more lectures -- but there's plenty of sass and soul in between.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Whether because of Madea's on-screen absence or the abilities of the two lead actors, Daddy's Little Girls is still a step up for Perry, boasting moments of charm that transcend the usual mess.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Given his built-in appeal, Perry has the opportunity to broaden the subject matter of so-called black movies. He takes a stab at it in "Girls," but he could do so much better.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Perry shelves his crowd-pleasing Madea character and aspires for the impossible mix of 1950s social melodrama, gospel-inflected public service announcement, soap opera, R&B video, girl-centric sitcom on the CW, and any episode of "Good Times," featuring Janet Jackson's oft-affronted Penny. Were Perry a visual director or a logical, patient screenwriter, that hybrid would count as a feat of singular ambition. Instead, it seems like the product of an abbreviated attention span.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Billed as a comedy about a single dad with three girls, the movie is essentially another sudser about the plight of upscale black women in Atlanta.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Subtlety has never been Perry's strength, but his previous films balanced the sermonizing with good humor and sincerity. Perhaps next time, he'll ease up on the lectures, and bring back the love.
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49 out of 100
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