67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The importance of faith, church, kin, staying off drugs, sharing food, repenting from sin, forgiving sinners, appreciating a good black man, rejecting a bad one, and honoring black matriarchy is enumerated with typical, reassuring Perry broadness.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The women of Perry's army will come out feeling they've been well-served, and for the rest of us there's Bassett, getting her groove back after a spate of less than worthy roles. Perry's getting his groove, too - I give him two more films and an A-list cameraman.
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60

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Often plays more like "Tyler Perry's Greatest Hits" as it recycles various elements from the writer-director's earlier works.
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60

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
What he serves up -- a mixture of moralism and forgiveness, semibawdy humor and cautionary drama, mockery and affection -- may sometimes lack coherence, but never integrity.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Features a fine performance by Angela Bassett, but her work is the sole subtle element.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Perry's methods are never subtle, but no contemporary filmmaker works harder to make sure ribs are tickled and tears are jerked.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The playwright, actor, director and drag queen (yes, his bewigged and be wild Madea makes a brief and totally gratuitous appearance in his new film) knows how to give human dimension, and a dimension of humor, to the cliches and stereotypes.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Many of the cast members originated their roles onstage, and the ensemble scenes capture the spirited sense of fun that is Perry's trademark.
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30

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Perry tosses everything at his disposal into his movie gumbo, even a completely gratuitous appearance by his signature, self-performed, alter-ego in drag Madea – most likely to set up the premise for his next film "Madea Goes to Jail."
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
There are a few laughs and some touching moments, but nothing you couldn't get by watching episodes of "Good Times" and "Little House on the Prairie" back to back.
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45 out of 100
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