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For Colored Girls (2010)

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32

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 70

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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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 23

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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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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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, Rovi

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Drama, Special Interest

Feb 8, 2011

$37.7M

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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (70) | DVD (2)

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.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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For Colored Girls is so shamelessly terrible it would make a great midnight hoot-fest, if you had the stomach to laugh at Shange or some of the best (and most underused) actresses of their generation...

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (3)
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Ham-handed, obvious, overblown and pretentious, For Colored Girls is a plain disaster.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (8)
Detroit News
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Director Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls is a bold example of an artist's reach exceeding his grasp. And it's hard not to applaud his determination and grade for ambition.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
Denver Post
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Perry gets points for persistence, yes, and for ambition. But that's not enuf.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Shange's words retain their power despite the melodramatic incidents Perry has woven to fill in the spaces between poems, his flat, TV-style direction and the highly variable performances of an all-star cast.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Perry aims high, and doesn't embarrass himself in tackling this iconic but dated play.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
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.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Tyler Perry movies certainly have their place in society, as they undoubtedly have a strong moral core and are made with noble intentions. On the evidence of For Colored Girls though, he should leave the serious drama alone.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Almost everyone in the cast is too talented for this.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

It's refreshing to see an all black cast, in a film that places black women's stories front and centre; it's just a shame that the stories are such downers.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Director Tyler Perry has taken on a huge task in bringing Ntozake Shange's stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf to the screen.

January 17, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR

These performances are exceptional. While the structure of the film doesn't work very well, there is nothing at all wrong with the acting.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

'For Colored Girls' doesn't do justice to the play it's based upon. However, the talent Tyler Perry has assembled here cannot be denied.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

A slice-of-life soap opera on what it's like to be a black woman in America.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

While gunning for the same empowering vibe as Waiting To Exhale, enduring this miserable effort from Tyler Perry is more like praying to expire.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Excruciating when it's bad, which is far too often, but a brave failure in lots of ways.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Perry crafts poorly paced soap opera, playing out in the most obvious and crass manner possible the situations that the poems subtly dance around. Shange's original text...

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

At least an interesting failure.

December 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Tyler Perry's drama is beautifully acted but Ntozake Shange's multiple, interlocking narratives ultimately defy his efforts to bring them to the screen.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

So thickly does Perry lay on the sanctimony and self-pity, you begin to wonder if it's all a spoof. Stick a Wayans brother in there and you could call it Tragic Movie.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Perry gives with one hand and takes with the other-the thrill of seeing these actresses "do their stuff" is decimated by Perry's insistence on welding a plot and adding "contemporary" additions to Shange's lyrical, timeless monologues.

November 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

Tyler Perry proves that he is even more ham-handed and cartoonish with drama than he is with his incredibly popular so-called comedies.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

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.
December 6, 2011
romy861

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.
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

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.
February 20, 2011
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Troubled situations with a dash of poetry does not a good movie make. These depressing situations only show the desperation of the character's lives. There is little hope or redemption for such a sad series of connected stories.
February 15, 2011
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

    1. 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!
    2. Frank: I guess this is goodbye.
    3. Juanita: Like you've never seen it before.
    – Submitted by Tammy T (3 years ago)
    1. 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 (3 years ago)
    1. 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 (3 years ago)
    1. 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 (3 years ago)
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