Madea Goes to Jail Reviews

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Monika Fabian
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 25, 2009
As ridiculous as his films frequently are, Perry, a shrewd yet benevolent showman, knows and loves his audience.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 23, 2009
The women's prison dramedy I wanted never really happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: c+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 23, 2009
Adapting his own play, Perry has pared the plot way back while giving his law-breaking matriarch more room to run free.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2009
If the movie is a mess, it's a purposeful mess, cannily, if not artfully, pushing all the right buttons to ensure Perry will be back for another round.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 23, 2009
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 23, 2009
As an alternative to the Hollywood mainstream, which doesn't provide many good roles for African-American actors, Perry's movies are at least a stopgap solution. It's just too bad they're not better.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 23, 2009
The best parts of Madea Goes to Jail are the title character's motormouthed harangues. The rest of it is a fairly clumsy tale of sin and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 23, 2009
Its comedy is from the do-anything-for-a-laugh school, without even the polish of the Three Stooges, and the melodrama evolves from rote characters and cliched situations.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 23, 2009
Tyler Perry's latest soul operetta lives up to the mischief promised by its title. But that isn't nearly enough of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 23, 2009
The law of diminishing returns catches up with the mega-successful multihyphenate in this wildly uneven effort.