For Colored Girls Reviews

Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: B
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 8, 2010
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...
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
November 5, 2010
Ham-handed, obvious, overblown and pretentious, For Colored Girls is a plain disaster.
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 5, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 5, 2010
Perry gets points for persistence, yes, and for ambition. But that's not enuf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 5, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 5, 2010
"For Colored Girls" may, in fact, be Perry's best film (not saying a lot, I know). It's certainly his first bid, as a director, for art-house respectability.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 5, 2010
The film is a mawkish mess, only occasionally alleviated by the performances or Shange's poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 5, 2010
[Tyler Perry] sings the song the way he likes it - with force, feeling and tremendous sincerity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 4, 2010
Shows a mastery of tone, a capacity to elicit strong performances and also to bring out different colors within those performances so that, when it all comes together, it's not the same note sounding over and over. This is smart, lovely work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 4, 2010
The writer/director behind the exceedingly broad comedy of the Madea franchise approaches the hit 1970s Ntozake Shange play with a pragmatism that succeeds in form but not in function.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 4, 2010
Fans of the original may be dismayed by his often-awkward adaptation, which turns too many of Shange's survivors into victims. But it's equally likely that his blunt, emotional approach -- using her words to create his own melodrama -- will connect ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 4, 2010
Monologues and melodrama rarely work in contemporary movies exploring social ills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2010
It is a film destined to polarize. Many will hate it. Hopefully more will love it, or at least allow room for it, for its raw brutality, its extremes, its difficult truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Misha Berson
Seattle Times
November 4, 2010
Who could imagine, 35 years on, For Colored Girls would become a star-studded mess of a movie directed by a black, male Hollywood mogul?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 2010
Shange gives us archetypes; Perry trades in stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 4, 2010
The audience I saw it with didn't seem to know whether to clap when it was over or start taking Lipitor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 4, 2010
I used to think there was nothing worse in modern moviemaking than Perry's unfunny, incompetent stooping for profit. It turns out that when he boldly and blatantly panders for prestige, he reaches even newer lows.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 4, 2010
There's no right way to do an adaptation, particularly a difficult-to-adapt work like this, but there are plenty of wrong ways, and Perry's film offers a casebook of things-not-to-do.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 4, 2010
Perry benefits from the fire, heft, velocity, and lyricism of the language, but he also updates the material and makes it work onscreen, eliciting powerhouse performances from an ensemble of actresses.
Top Critic
Matt Zoller Seitz
Salon.com
November 4, 2010
Perry never solves the stage-to-screen translation problem. But the path he has chosen is as intriguing as it is irksome, and it works better than you might expect.
Top Critic
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 4, 2010
For Colored Girls feels like the cinematic equivalent to putting a garish reproduction of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of your McMansion and calling it art.

Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 4, 2010
The appeal of the original went far beyond the specifics of being black or female, in the '70s or any time. The adaptation's limitations make the play seem quaint, out of date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2010
Perry has built a lucrative and beloved niche from films aimed specifically at black women, but none of those pictures bore the painfully theatrical artifice of For Colored Girls...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 4, 2010
Perry tries to be faithful to the play and also to his own boldly and simply told stories, and the two styles don't fit together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 3, 2010
The film comes off as one long litany of lament and tragedy that never fits together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 3, 2010
The rich language of the ruminations are utterly disconnected from Perry's dialogue.
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 3, 2010
Perry has taken Shange's feminist word-and-movement portraits of disenfranchised African-American women and turned those howls into...a maddeningly choppy mess of a Tyler Perry movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Lisa Rosman
Time Out
November 3, 2010
Herein lies an invitation for us all to move beyond victimhood ... and, in some cases, simply to get over ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 2, 2010
Though striving for artistic legitimacy in bringing Shange's incomparable play to the screen, Perry indulges his worst instincts for melodrama in For Colored Girls, shoehorning her text into his own tawdry narrative.
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2010
Tyler Perry utterly butchers Ntozake Shange's theatrical tone poem to black female identity.
Top Critic
Peter Debruge
Variety
October 22, 2010
Though the text of the playwright's most affecting poems is virtually intact, Perry has unmistakably wrestled Girls into the same soap-opera mold of his earlier pics.