Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Tyler Perry's successful play can't make the move to the screen; this mix of slapstick, melodrama and spirituality lacks a consistent tone.


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A woman has to learn how to love and trust men all over again in this comedy drama. Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise) would seem to have it all -- she's been married for 18 years to Charles (Steve Harris), and over the course of their time together, he's become one of Atlanta's most successful attorneys. But despite wealth and prestige, things are not as they should be at the McCarter home, and on their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell on Helen -- he's divorcing her for another woman. … More

Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, thematic elements, crude sexual references and some violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tyler Perry
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On DVD: Jun 28, 2005
Box Office: $50.4M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Mad Black Woman

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (38)

It's never less than watchable, a bizarre hybrid that somehow works as a whole, even though its various components don't mesh.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a cheap melodrama that presses all the right sentimental buttons.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It is a film full of jagged edges, but one that is sincere and beguiling at its core.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
TheFilmFile.com

[Jams] together not two but three separate genres that probably should have remained that way.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Syrupy drama -- not much here for kids.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

In an extremely strange genre combo, inner city gross out comedy meets evangelical passion play in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Long Island Press

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Diary of a Mad Black Woman is hilarious, but why can't he make a whole movie on Madea instead of these dramas. The plot is the same old Tyler Perry dramatic black woman movie, a woman has marital problems and gets herself a new man, and side clips of the always hilarious Madea. The cast was okay, I love Tyler Perry as Madea and Joe, and the rest of the cast plays average roles. This movie has some well done moments and hilarious moments, but its the same old Tyler Perry film, and it was his first one ever, so there was more to come, but I seriously hate the dramtic portion of these films, I just wish he would make a full comedy on Madea.

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Jim Careter

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½

Diary of a Mad Black Woman Is about A couple who been married for 18 years and then Charles drop a some really bad news on Helen. He is divorcing her so he could marry another women. At first the mother in law does everything in her power to get back at Charles. Helen could trust any other man. Will Helen trust men again or will she be alone for her rest of her life.
Pros
Good acting and plot.
Some funny parts.
cons i did not like the mother in law
only worth a rent

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erika bruhns

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C

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