• PG-13, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Darren Grant
    In Theaters:
    Feb 25, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 28, 2005
  • Lions Gate Films


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Diary of a Mad Black Woman Reviews

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Dustin Putman

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

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 14, 2013
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

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.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 5/5

April 27, 2005
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

March 20, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 18, 2005
Willie Waffle

it's funny enough to overcome the cliches, and sweet enough to make those cliches feel warm and fuzzy

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 6, 2005
Victoria Alexander

Here is a brand new genre: A black-Christian romantic revenge comedy. It doesn't quite work, but Tyler Perry is a jewel.

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February 25, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Raucous and overwrought, the movie is still a hoot to watch and even more fun to talk back to.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2005
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Darren Grant, a music vid guy making his feature debut, presents it all in a smooth, elegant package that almost disguises the fact that what we're watching is the narrative equivalent of an eight-ring circus.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 25, 2005
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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In an awkward split-personality way, it works some of the time.

February 25, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Three separate movies collide in this uneven but heartfelt drama.

| Original Score: B-

February 25, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Tyler Perry's movie is so oblivious to genre that it occupies its own special stylistic niche, if you can imagine such a thing as a romantic revenge farce.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 24, 2005
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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A lot of it shouldn't work -- and doesn't -- but even while you're sitting there, thinking that it can't go much farther off track, it manages to be fairly involving.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

February 24, 2005
Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Perry's irrepressible energy and rapid-fire wit bring Robin Williams to mind.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

February 24, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It becomes clear that the strength of Diary is its refusal to bow to convention.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Diary is a crock, all right, but a crock made with conviction.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 23, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Emotionally satisfying (if a bit simplistic), yet Perry dilutes its potency by casting himself in ... sitcom roles.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 23, 2005
Harvey S. Karten

Watch writer Tyler Perry chew up the scenery in 3 roles.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B+

February 18, 2005
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

January 19, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Syrupy drama -- not much here for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
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May 26, 2006

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February 26, 2005

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