• 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
Monika Fabian
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Monika Fabian
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2011
Kit Bowen

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 8, 2009
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

Madea's antics held me captive.

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

August 3, 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
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
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
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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Crowd-pleasing African-American filmmaker Tyler Perry has been heralded as an entrepreneur, a populist, and an expert on the wants of female audiences, but none of that would have been possible if he weren't also an expert drag performer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 23, 2009
Eric D. Snider

Heaven help me, this Madea character is starting to grow on me.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

February 21, 2009
Prairie Miller

Perry's silly beyond 'belief' born again bully pulpit is thankfully upstaged by his former plus size stripper bully protagonist. But the big treat is anger shrink sessions with Dr. Phil, no less, though Madea/Perry's gender grudges get a pass.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

February 20, 2009
Wilson Morales

Tyler Perry has brought back the zest in the character that made him a household name.

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

February 20, 2009
Cole Smithey

Tyler Perry continues to preach to the choir with his entertaining albeit stereotype-laced blend of melodrama and comedy.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B-

February 20, 2009
Kam Williams

Tyler Perry's best endeavor to date!

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

February 20, 2009
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
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

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 19, 2009
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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