For Colored Girls (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

For Colored Girls (2010)



Critic Consensus: Tyler Perry has assembled a fine cast for this adaptation of the 1975 play, and his heart is obviously in the right place, but his fondness for melodrama cheapens a meaningful story.

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Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning play exploring the plight of black women makes the leap from stage to screen with this ensemble drama directed by Tyler Perry, and starring Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Tyler Perry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2011
Box Office: $37.7M
Lionsgate - Official Site


Kimberly Elise
as Crystal/Brown
Loretta Devine
as Juanita/Green
Thandie Newton
as Tangie/Orange
Anika Noni Rose
as Yasmine/Yellow
Kerry Washington
as Kelly/Blue
Tessa Thompson
as Nyla/Purple
Whoopi Goldberg
as Alice/White
Michael Ealy
as Beau Willie
May Zayan
as Katina
John Crow
as Dr. Davis
Joe Amato
as Driver
David Feigenbaum
as Security Guard
Karen Slack
as Soprano #1
Jeanette Illidge
as Soprano #3
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Critic Reviews for For Colored Girls

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (34)

Perry has assembled a formidable ensemble, including Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad and, in the most searing cameo, Macy Gray.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

And yet the film remains strangely watchable, even when it's gone bonkers. Especially when it's gone bonkers.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Perry aims high, and doesn't embarrass himself in tackling this iconic but dated play.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Movie Nation

"For Colored Girls" features a lot of heartache and pain, but lacks any sense of purpose. It sacrifices depth for despair and suffers because of it.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

Best" and "worst", "good" and "bad" are judgment calls that seem unusually difficult to apply here... [Tyler Perry's] strangest and most endlessly fascinating film.

Full Review… | February 25, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Perry's awkwardly constructed screenplay and equally muddled direction is one 'metaphysical dilemma' not even these strong, and strongly gifted, women can conquer.

Full Review… | February 6, 2012

Audience Reviews for For Colored Girls

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Subject matter is extremely grim, so if you don't like sad movies, this isn't one for you, but under all the sadness is a message of hope and resilience.
Excellent cast and extremely well acted. This deals with a loosely connected group of women who mainly live in the same apartment block, some of them related. All have their issues and the main theme is betrayal. I don't want to say too much and spoil it, but the inspiring part is how these women find their strength and learn to move on and and deal with what has been dealt to them.
It is quite poetic, some of what they say does not make a lot of sense, but you get the gist. I found it fascinating. Really hooked me in from start to end.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


A shockingly compelling melodrama, color me surprised. It really shouldn't have worked, what with all the turgid descents into poetry and blatant attempts to get us to cry, but it made me cry nevertheless. My favorite storyline was definitely Thandie Newton's, as the feral Tangie.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

I usually like Tyler Perry movies,but this one just didn't work for me..found some of the women were way over the top in their acting,and it was too melodramatic for me...just not a movie for me, then again most men probably wouldn't care for a movie where women randomly break out into poem...should have had Madea in it for some comic relief.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

For Colored Girls Quotes

Juanita: Juanita: I got a real dead loving here for you now, because I don't know anymore how to avoid my own face wet with my tears! Because I had convinced myself that colored girls have no right to sorrow!
Frank: I guess this is goodbye.
Juanita: Like you've never seen it before.
– Submitted by Tammy T (4 years ago)
Juanita/Green: I brought you what joy I found, and I found joy. And then theres that woman who hurt you, and who you left three or four times and then you went back after you put my heart in the bottom of your shoe! [trembling voice] And I didn't have nothing. So, I went to where somebody had something for me. But none of them were you. I got a real dead loving here for you now.
– Submitted by Albert B (5 years ago)
Tangie: Being alive and being a woman is all I got, but being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven't conquered yet.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Jo/Red: Save your "sorry." One thing I don't need are anymore apologies. I got sorry greeting me at the front door. You can keep yours. I don't know what to do with them... I can't even... I have to throw some away. I can't even get to the clothes in my closet for all the sorries. I'm not even sorry about you being sorry.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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