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Madea's Family Reunion (2006)

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25

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 41

Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion is sincere in its positive intentions, but leaves something to be desired as a film.

42

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 11

Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion is sincere in its positive intentions, but leaves something to be desired as a film.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Movie Info

Actor and playwright Tyler Perry returns as Madea, a brash but loving African-American grandmother with her own way of doing things in this screen adaptation of his popular stage comedy drama. Madea has her work cut out for her when she finds herself dealing with a handful of family crises the same weekend that she's planned a massive family reunion. Her niece Lisa (Rochelle Aytes) is engaged to marry a handsome and successful man (Blair Underwood), but the good news is blunted when she reveals

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Tyler Perry

Jun 27, 2006

$63.2M

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (41) | DVD (8)

Nothing that happens seems the least bit believable, and everything is brash and loud. All that's missing is the laugh track.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Perry's vaudevillian shamelessness and indifference to committee-approved taste are energizing and frequently jaw-dropping.

March 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Tyler Perry's heart is in the right place, but he still has a tin ear.

March 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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At times it feels as if Perry made three separate films, dumped them in a blender and hit the puree button.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Let's not sell Tyler Perry short. As the vinegar-witted Madea, he's a drag performer of testy charm, but in his overlit patchwork way he's also making the most primal women's pictures since Joan Crawford flexed her shoulder pads.

March 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Family Reunion doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or a drama and ends up as mostly a melodrama with scenes that would be embarrassing on a soap opera.

February 27, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Tyler Perry means well, but there is no denying that all of this would work far better on daytime television.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

The dysfunctional script and operatically excessive direction ... land someplace closer to outsider art than bad moviedom.

January 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

All the while Madea's wit, which is refreshing on the stage, feels spurious and often misfires.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

If there's one thing that Reunion doesn't lack, it's good intentions. Unfortunately, good intentions don't automatically guarantee a good movie.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A Tyler Perry tour de force!

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

Although his work isn't high art and is occasionally problematic, he's telling stories that aren't often told. And for that, this black woman can't be too mad at him.

November 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

While not nearly as offensive or dim-witted as Diary, this one's still a gigantic mess.

July 23, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

It's interesting that nobody ever connects the dots between Madea's frequent corporal punishment of children (which is presented as instructive comedy) and the abusive grownups who function as Perry's villains.

March 17, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Perry is a shameless panderer and his movie is cliché-ridden, rudimentary, completely unfocused and about as subtle as a wind-breaking contest in church.

March 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though Perry's films are hard to defend on aesthetic grounds -- the crazy shifts in tone from operatic melodrama to broad comedy could cause seizures -- it's equally hard to begrudge the underserved audiences who embrace them so passionately.

February 28, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Tyler Perry still hasn't found the formula for combining comedy and drama

February 28, 2006 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

Both of the villains are so far over the top they should be in the summer Olympics.

February 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Is "Madea" a postive move? You bet. Positively insulting to anyone who's graduated middle school and read at least one book since.

February 28, 2006
BET.com

The spousal abuse storyline might have some gravity if the movie didn't simultaneously make a joke of child abuse.

February 27, 2006 Full Review

That's the most offensive thing about Madea: the way it pretends to deal with difficult problems -- child abuse, rape, spousal abuse -- and then offers simplistic answers.

February 27, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Madea's Family Reunion

Hilarious.
August 14, 2007
gatorgirl13

Super Reviewer

Just another Tyler Perry movie. The plot is half comedy, and half drama, and although the movie is hilarious, the dramatic moments are unbearable. The cast is also bad, although I think Tyler Perry is a funny and good actor, the rest of the cast was bad and I did not enjoy them. I'm a huge fan of the character of Madea, but I wish they made a Madea movie that is all comedy, instead of this crappy comedy/drama films that have become really boring.
December 2, 2011
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer

It was just aight for me...excels when actually focusing on comedy, fails when trying too hard to push Perry's agenda (which is a good one, just doesn't go over so well).
April 21, 2008
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