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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 94

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


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 24

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.



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Jun 28, 2005


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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (94) | DVD (12)

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

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's a cheap melodrama that presses all the right sentimental buttons.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Perry doesn't have any delusions of artistry, and potentially, at least, that's refreshing. But any points he earns for lack of pretense are immediately gobbled up by his lack of subtlety.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source:
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Raucous and overwrought, the movie is still a hoot to watch and even more fun to talk back to.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It is a film full of jagged edges, but one that is sincere and beguiling at its core.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

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

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Syrupy drama -- not much here for kids.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

March 30, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
Long Island Press

What ruins this revenge flick is Madea's boorish, bull in the china store act reminiscent of the sassy black woman stereotype popularized by Sanford and Son's Aunt Esther. Loud and ignorant, Medea tends to trivialize every scene.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Comment (1)
Princeton Town Topics

A satisfying end, but it takes a lot of work -- and a lot of suspended disbelief -- to get there.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

This bizarre movie is many things--a celebration of Christian values, a drag act, a drug plunge, a soap opera, a sitcom revenge fantasy.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

As a comedy this movie works. As a love story, the movie contains no sparks. The dialogue is stilted and unnatural, which belittles the drama.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

This is a film that's gone way beyond the realm of bad, past disaster. This one's in the area of all-time grand mistakes.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

This movie really touched upon an aspect of black life that we can all identify with. More realistic then all of these ghettofied movies that have been presented as representation of black life previously.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comment (1)
3BlackChicks Review

...a passion play with a guy in drag (who could ask for anything more?)...

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

What works in the theater doesn't always work in the movies. Part of the problem, as mentioned, is with the broadness of the material. But it doesn't help that the script relies way too much on syrupy voiceovers.

April 9, 2005
Looking Closer

Blandly directed and dramatically shameless.

March 29, 2005 Full Review

Perry's writing is dramaturgy of the most primitive kind, with melodramatic situations, tons of woozy sentiment, and humor which might be described as 'lowbrow,' were that not probably too elevated a term for it.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

the film's dramatic components are just as outrageous as its comedic moments

March 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Madea is a way to model a raucous, powerful, but still jokey mad woman-ness for Helen.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Helen's chaste swain wants intimacy, not sex. C'mon-even Baptists are interested in sex. They just don't do it standing up, because someone might think they were dancing.

March 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

It must be a hoot when performed live. But it only works in spurts on screen.

March 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Mad Black Woman

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.
Good acting and plot.
Some funny parts.
cons i did not like the mother in law
only worth a rent
June 24, 2011
erika bruhns

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July 29, 2010

Super Reviewer

fat black-woman suit was not your idea Mr. Perry. GOD EDDIE MURPHY WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SUE HIM!!!
July 21, 2009

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    1. Madea: I keep me a piece of steel, Once you got a piece of steel you will have peace! Load your steel Thank you Jesus!
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