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For Colored Girls Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

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

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

"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 Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 0.5/5

January 6, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

February 25, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

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 Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

February 6, 2012
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

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.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2011
Dave White
Movies.com

Almost everyone in the cast is too talented for this.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1/5

April 4, 2011
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK

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.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 4/10

February 18, 2011

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.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2011
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

December 31, 2010
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

'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.

Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

December 14, 2010
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

December 10, 2010
Tim Robey
Daily Mail [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 9, 2010
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian

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...

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

December 9, 2010
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times

At least an interesting failure.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 9, 2010
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2010
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

November 19, 2010
Richard Knight
Knight at the 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.

Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies

November 13, 2010
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 12, 2010
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