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Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 30,714


Movie Info

Adapted from the multi-talented playwright/filmmaker's hit stage play of the same name, Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family finds the cantankerous family matriarch using her unique brand of tough love to help her family weather some particularly rough waters. Madea's niece Shirley has received a frightening medical diagnosis, and she's having a hard time figuring out how to break the news to the rest of the family. Unfortunately she's not the only one in the midst of a crisis, either: … More

PG-13 (for drug content, language and some mature thematic material)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Aug 30, 2011
Box Office:
Lionsgate - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Madea's Big Happy Family

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (25) | DVD (1)

Like most of Perry's movies, this one oscillates wildly and shamelessly between raunch and pathos, leaving plenty of room for the performers to work. The lively ensemble includes a scene-stealing Cassi Davis as pothead Aunt Bam.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Epitomizing the shrill franchise's schizophrenic tonal shifts, Madea metes out Christian life lessons with one hand -- and righteously bitch-slaps with the other.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
Time Out New York
Top Critic

The title is meant to be ironic. Too bad irony is in such short supply in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family. Sadly, subtlety is also missing.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

If Perry gets on your wavelength, you can forgive him too. He's only the host at a home-cooked banquet of wild emotions.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

"Madea's Big Happy Family'' nonsensically knots the spiritual and the salacious, asking gossipy questions then giving pulpit answers so that the movie is wonderfully, woefully absurd.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Perry possesses a superb ear for the themes and emotions that connect him to his core audience, and that's on display again here, though the unconverted might grumble that the movie's many riffs and rants feel recycled from previous offerings.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"Madea's Big Happy Family" is a facetious title; there's not a happy one in the bunch. Eventually, neither is the viewer.

Full Review… | December 5, 2013

The odd thing about Tyler Perry is that just when you think he may be turning a corner and evolving, he goes into retrograde.

Full Review… | April 7, 2012

Perry's performance of Madea [feels] flatter and more strained than he ever has in the role.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Deathbed scenes and colonoscopy humor, Bible quotations and Maury Povich "Who Is the Real Baby Daddy" episodes: All cohabit with equal relevance in the world of Tyler Perry.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Austin Chronicle

... Tyler Perry goes to the Madea well once too often and comes up dry.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Sacramento News & Review

Comedy is comedy, and "terminal illness" is "terminal illness" and the two really shouldn't meet. What you end up with is a movie that's literally as funny as cancer.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Jam! Movies

I've been waiting patiently for Perry to make a Madea film that suits my tastes and I think this is the one.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011

Madea's Big Happy Family is probably Perry's best film to date.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011

This "Madea" feels like the best "Madea" yet.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A typical Perrython of Perryisms aimed at the most Perrynacious viewer. This means steaming melodrama, low comedy and a dash of Jesus.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's that time of year again, when the daffodils spring up and Tyler Perry puts on a dress and becomes Madea.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
Boston Phoenix

One part funny and one part dramatic and sometimes these two parts clash instead of compliment.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011

The problem with the last couple movies to feature Madea, in fact, has been that they haven't featured Madea enough.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011

Melodramatic tough love as meaningful group therapy!

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

Audience Reviews for Madea's Big Happy Family


Cast: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Bow Wow, Cassi Davis, Shannon Kane, Lauren London, Rodney Perry, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Isaiah Mustafa

Director: Tyler Perry

Summary: As soon as she learns about her niece Shirley's health issues, super-grandma and problem-solver Madea takes over the situation one more time, summoning together her highly fragmented clan in this madcap dramatic comedy all about family values.

My Thoughts: "Not the best to come from Tyler, but not the worse one either. I just think some of his story lines get recycled a lot. There is always someone being sexually abused in some form or way. I did enjoy some of the film though. I thought going on Maury was hilarious and showed a good example on how foolish some of those girls look. Medea is always funny and brings the wisdom and laughs. I just wish the films weren't so heavy all the time. I enjoyed Loretta Devine in this movie. I love her acting and think she's a great actress. She brings a lot of emotion to the table. I also thought Bow Wow did a great job in the movie. I would have liked to see more of his story played out. But in the end it was just OK for me. On to the next which I'm sure there will be another."


Super Reviewer


Not the best Tyler Perry movie by any stretch, but it's not the worst either. It's kind of uneven with it's mix of comedy and drama(luckily, this isn't nearly as melodramatic as other Perry movies.) But overall, it's pretty entertaining. The story is about Shirley, a woman who's been battling cancer and her battle is coming to an end. She needs to tell her family, but her family is so broken apart that she can't get them all together to tell them. She gets the help of her Aunt Madea to get her family together, and things go from there. Madea is either annoying or hilarious depending on who you ask, well I find her hilarious. Perry is awesome and has some great one liners as Madea and Joe(his "help me" lines about the floor are awesome). The rest of the cast is good, and they do their jobs well as the "standard Tyler Perry" supporting cast. If you enjoy Perry's movies(and I do), then you will like this. If you don't like them, then you probably wouldn't want to watch this anyway.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family is a hilarious film, and i'm one of the few people who think the character of Madea is hilarious, but this movie is also just like all the past films juyst with different dramatic situations. The plot of the film makes you want to see how each dramatic stoy ends because they are all so f#cked up, just like every other Tyler Perry movie, and soon it gets kind of boring. The cast is half funny people, and half dramatic actors, now the funny people like Tyler Perry and David mann made me laugh, and all the other actors are sad, and although they played good roles, the old bad relationship acting gets really boring, just a bunch of crying people who are too big a wimps to do anything so madea has to step in. This movie was hilarious and l love the character of Madea, but this movie is also too dramatic and has too many problemns to consider itself a real movie, and overall its just another Tyler Perry film.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

07/05/2011 (DVD)

The most funniest film I have seen this year!! A flick I found funny no matter alone, with friends and even with family, its just very entertaining and stupid in a stylish comedic although unoriginal way. No plot of the year here but just a really comfortable flow that I found easy to follow and willing to to see to the end.

The dramatic points in the movie really were serious and no joking around which I liked, usually comedies still add comedy in the crucial points that are suppose to be serious but this film really pumped the dramatic points which allowed me to ponder on the situation where as other funny films would distract me with laughter at those points of the story. Also I thought the players were very good.

I've known about "The Tyler Perry" flicks for a while now but this is actually the first I've seen of a "Tyle Perry" film and so far very impressive in terms of my type of humor. I do very much recommend it for groupie sessions or even a lonesome evening, day whatever. A nicely prepared dramatic side-dish complemented the film making it not entirely stupid.

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Madea's Big Happy Family Quotes

You're gonna wish that sperm did a backstroke when it met the egg that made you.
– Submitted by Annah Y (23 months ago)
If I have to get a J.A.B. you aint gettin N.U.N.
– Submitted by Jennah A (2 years ago)
Sit down you black leprechaun looking like you're out of a damn box of chocolate, lucky charms.
– Submitted by Mariah C (2 years ago)
Now I got silver hair, but I got silver bullets, too. Do you want one?
– Submitted by Josh W (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Justice S (2 years ago)
Haha, you was a hoe back in the day.
– Submitted by Courtney G (2 years ago)

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