• PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tyler Perry
    In Theaters:
    Sep 11, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 28, 2005
  • Lionsgate Films


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I Can Do Bad All By Myself Reviews

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Dustin Putman

Too pat by a half during the finale, but Tyler Perry shows a maturity as a filmmaker that would pave the way for arguably his best picture, 2010's "For Colored Girls."

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 26, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Taraji P. Henson is absolutely staggering and wonderful... this, people, is what inspirational cinema is supposed to look like.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

February 15, 2012
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork, this latest from chitlin' circuit impressario Tyler Perry is just a fat slab of ecstatic entertainment.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 2, 2009
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

I Can Do Bad All By Myself may not be a model of tonal restraint, but it's well acted, it's funny, the music is phenomenal, and the religion is sincere.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2009
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Perry sticks to his storytelling principles, doing what he does so well.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2009
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix

Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Lurches around for nearly two hours before concluding that all its heroine needed all along was a good (and hunky) man and Jesus.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2009
Clay Cane

Taraji P. Henson is the Mary J. Blige of film.

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: C+

September 16, 2009
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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Narratively and grammatically dim redemption pap.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

September 16, 2009
Jackie K. Cooper

Tyler Perry does good all by himself, but having Henson on board helps.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

September 15, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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If the Atlanta impresario is just bored with cranking out two adaptations a year of his earlier stage work, the audience is getting restless, too.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 15, 2009
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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It is easy to knock the Tyler Perry formula, but you have to give the man credit: He knows how to create meaty roles for women.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 15, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Though no one would cite him for the cinematic qualities of his visually pedestrian films, Perry is a master conductor of emotions.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2009
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2009
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Unashamedly fond of mixing messages of vengeance and piety, Perry nevertheless manages to reduce the tonal whiplash, so that this newest entry glides a little more easily from broad laughs to teary anguish and finally sweeping uplift.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 14, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's the best Tyler Perry movie to date -- the writer/director/actor/mogul's most confident and competent mixture of uplifting black middle-class melodrama and low-down comedy.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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After a summer of phony, pasty rom-coms, do this: See a movie where old-fashioned notions of love, faith, strength, and the possibility of redemption are taken seriously.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 14, 2009
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Sometimes-gritty dramedy has some moving moments.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 14, 2009
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine

If Perry continues to surround himself with great talent like this, maybe it'll force him to step up his own game and make a movie that departs from his increasingly tired formula.

Full Review Source: Giant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 13, 2009
Nell Minow

The songs and Henson's sensitive portrayal of the woman who has neglected herself and her home keep us involved.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

September 13, 2009
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