• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tyler Perry
    In Theaters:
    Feb 20, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 16, 2009
  • Lionsgate


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Madea Goes to Jail Reviews

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Dustin Putman

A half-silly/half-moralistic story about how it is never too late to turn things around, "Madea Goes to Jail" is as wispy as whipped cream, but also as easy to consume.

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

November 26, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A tedious melodrama stuck on top of shrill comedy, and the two parts are both the worse off for the combination.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

February 10, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

Perry clearly knows what his fans like, and he gives it to them -- by the shovelful. But for those not so tuned to his talents, Madea Goes to Jail is two excruciating hours of hard time.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

Madea's antics held me captive.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 3, 2009
Clay Cane

Madea is the antithesis of the moralistic soapbox Perry's movies stand on, which is why she is usually the enjoyable ingredient in his films.

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

July 3, 2009
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

if it doesn't work quite as well as some of Tyler Perry's previous efforts, it certainly isn't for lack of trying.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 11, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I like Tyler Perry's movies best when the character of Medea isn't in them.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2009
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

Perry knows what his fans want (that would be Madea) and so his fans should be well-pleased by his latest film.

Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2009
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

It is, in short, not nearly as funny as Madea's Family Reunion, Perry's benchmark for freewheeling, low humour.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 27, 2009
Michael Dequina

Pulliam lends the material emotional shadings that Perry does not write into the script himself.

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

February 26, 2009
Monika Fabian
Time Out Chicago

The predictable, even absurd twists that the movie takes to reach its happily-ever-after conclusion are amusing, as are the smart-ass quips and disposition of Perry's popular alter ego.

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 3/6

February 26, 2009
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

[Tyler Perry's] talent, however heedless and untidy, is real...it's clear that he can make better movies than Madea Goes to Jail. The pity is that, with the enthusiastic audience he's already found, he may never feel the need to.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

February 26, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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As ridiculous as his films frequently are, Perry, a shrewd yet benevolent showman, knows and loves his audience.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 25, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hokey and ham-fisted, cheaply made and appallingly edited. Even good actors like Derek Luke and Viola Davis are at a loss to get past the dialogue and the characters.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2/5

February 24, 2009
Jackie K. Cooper

Two movies for the price of one, but the comedy smashed against the drama makes the whole thing less entertaining

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 5/10

February 24, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

King of all media Tyler Perry gives fans what they want: irreverent, pistol-packin' big momma Madea, who's going to make those confused, disrespectful young people see sense if she has to slap it into them.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 24, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The women's prison dramedy I wanted never really happens.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2009
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Perry's playing-to-the-cheap-seats drag shenanigans hijack a morose street melodrama every 15 minutes and haul it into places even Flavor Flav fears to tread.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: c+

February 23, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Adapting his own play, Perry has pared the plot way back while giving his law-breaking matriarch more room to run free.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Perry brings his own sensibility to every movie he makes and has enjoyed great success by following his own path. But he leaves you wanting more.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

February 23, 2009
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