I Can Do Bad All By Myself Reviews

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Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 13, 2009
A pleasant, if predictable morality play offering a litany of teachable moments certain to resonate with the Born Again demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 12, 2009
Not a very good movie, but it has some sincerely positive ideas, and those ideas almost make up for the fact that it's not a very good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2009
I Can Do Bad acknowledges Madea's flaws with loving scrutiny, and doesn't require approval of her more selfish attributes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2009
Tyler Perry's latest hodgepodge has its moments.
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
September 12, 2009
Sadly, the barrage of "inspirational" musical numbers in the second half stops the narrative dead in its tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 12, 2009
With makeover maven Tyler's repeat reincarnation of Madea/Joe all by himself, the film's got humor, heart and the euphoric musical infusion of a soulful diva or two. But can we save those mandatory raucous religious screamfests for Sunday church already.
September 11, 2009
Ultimately, we wind up with another Tyler Perry movie in which a wayward woman must learn to submit to two patriarchies: the nice blue-collar guy who's going to solve her problems, and Jesus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
September 11, 2009
While Perry is still preaching to the already converted, I Can Do Bad All By Myself confirms that he's finally figured out how to turn said sermonizing into a far more mainstream experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
September 11, 2009
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 11, 2009
There are absolutely no surprises in store, plot-wise, though Perry's approach has always been to rework familiar narrative conventions in such a way as to reaffirm key values.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 11, 2009
Perry plugs into the primal power of gospel, blues, soul, and the black church in ways that make Bad far more affecting than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 11, 2009
By shoving half a dozen songs -- gospel, funk and soul -- into the film, Perry shows he still hasn't mastered pace and learned to sacrifice scenes to make his movies faster and smoother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
September 11, 2009
Perry predictably delivers a "lesson" toward the end of the film about the power of love over violence. After watching the movie, you'll either leave inspired or ready to turn in your church membership.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 11, 2009
Like a chef who keeps making the same recipe over and over, Tyler Perry has found his strength and he's sticking to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Varner
Contra Costa Times
September 11, 2009
On that positive and melodious note, Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself does no harm.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
September 11, 2009
Despite a plot that's arguably Perry's most predictable, I Can Do Bad All By Myself is genuinely affecting when the gospel spirit takes hold and is a marked improvement over his last two pieces of moral burlesque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 11, 2009
It's discouraging to watch Bad build an unusual rhythm in the opening scenes only to stop itself and sprint back into Madea/preach mode, where the uncomfortable marriage of Jesus and domestic violence reigns.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
September 11, 2009
Newcomers willing to go along for the ride may be surprised at how good it feels to be spoonfed all this hope and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Armond White
New York Press
September 9, 2009
To keep empire building, Perry needs to step up his game. And his new film -- the almost-musical I Can Do Bad All By Myself -- ain't quite there.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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