Diary of a Mad Black Woman Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 2/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 18, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2005
It's a cheap melodrama that presses all the right sentimental buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 25, 2005
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.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
February 25, 2005
Raucous and overwrought, the movie is still a hoot to watch and even more fun to talk back to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 25, 2005
The material comes off as a serious miscalculation in Perry and director Darren Grant's film adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 25, 2005
Stay clear of this mess.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 25, 2005
There's nothing real or even funny in Perry's performance; all padding and crude makeup, he shouts every line as if he's still playing to the upper balcony in a rundown Masonic Hall.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 25, 2005
The low comedy and high melodrama, with a touch of inspiration, don't blend easily, and here the match seems forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 25, 2005
It turns on a dime from scenes of maudlin sentimentality to manic slapstick, then turns on another dime to trite Christian moralizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
February 25, 2005
While the movie fills a much-needed niche in the lily-white Hallmark movie department, this clunky, borderline-amateur directorial effort from music-video veteran Darren Grant simply doesn't do justice to the material. In fact, it's downright awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 25, 2005
The whole thing is a melodrama; there's nothing fatally wrong with that. But the set-ups are so easy and obvious, the humor so broad and the characters such one-dimensional stereotypes that the drama is laughable.
| Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 25, 2005
Diary of a Mad Black Woman is directed by Darren Grant, who is unable to wrangle all of Perry's attempts to entertain -- or pander to -- his audience into anything resembling a satisfying movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 25, 2005
The film itself is a touch insane, veering from comedy to cornball melodrama (and torture!) with such startling alacrity that viewers might laugh and not know if they're supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2005
In an awkward split-personality way, it works some of the time.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 25, 2005
This isn't a situation in which the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing. It's more like they're not even part of the same body.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 25, 2005
Some of these problems stem from the film's leap from a theatrical production's play-to-the-rafters bigness to the screen's demands for something more finessed. There's not a lot of nuance here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
February 25, 2005
Half inspired and half eye-rollingly terrible.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 25, 2005
Blows to the head are delivered with more subtlety than the message of Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2005
I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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AV Club
February 24, 2005
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 24, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2005
Comic relief is often welcome in drama, but these broad caricatures, which draw easy laughter as the minstrel turns they are, destroy the sense of reality that a large and hardworking cast is otherwise striving to create.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 24, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
February 24, 2005
Mr. Perry's irrepressible energy and rapid-fire wit bring Robin Williams to mind.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 24, 2005
To review Diary of a Mad Black Woman is really to review three different movies, none of which is very good.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2005
A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 24, 2005
It's so heartfelt that you'd have to be a curmudgeon to reject its charms outright, and so artificial you'd have to be willfully naive to swallow them whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 24, 2005
This movie stew -- equal parts farce, drama and sermon -- gives you plenty to chew on but, ultimately, is less than filling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 24, 2005
As is true of so many play adaptations, the theatrically pitched performances don't work as well on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2005
Tyler Perry, even if he's no church-show Peter Sellers, obviously carves out some kind of niche here. Remember, they laughed at Ed Wood. And they're still laughing at him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 23, 2005
Diary is a crock, all right, but a crock made with conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
February 22, 2005
The film detours into an almost Miike-like torture sequence.