I Can Do Bad All By Myself Reviews

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Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 15, 2012
Taraji P. Henson is absolutely staggering and wonderful... this, people, is what inspirational cinema is supposed to look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2009
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 21, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 18, 2009
Perry sticks to his storytelling principles, doing what he does so well.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
September 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 15, 2009
Tyler Perry does good all by himself, but having Henson on board helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 14, 2009
Though no one would cite him for the cinematic qualities of his visually pedestrian films, Perry is a master conductor of emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 14, 2009
Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
September 13, 2009
The songs and Henson's sensitive portrayal of the woman who has neglected herself and her home keep us involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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.
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

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