The always immaculate, passionate and soulful Jenifer Lewis -- she could read the words in a phone book and make you feel it. The Hollywood veteran nearly saves the film.
| Original Score: C+
This is glossy, forgettable fare more at home as a TV matinée.
| Original Score: 2/5
That's a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.
| Original Score: 2/6
It is unspeakably naff, unintentionally funny and unapologetically Christian. Judged on its own terms, it's a resounding success. But for non-believers it will likely prove a living purgatory.
It has all the philosophical depth of a greetings card message but it's underscored with a nasty little edge of misogyny.
| Original Score: 1/5
What should be easily broken is a large china vase over the head of everyone involved in this profoundly creepy, yucky, and chillingly reactionary relationship drama.
Not Easily Broken is 99 long minutes worth of sobbing and hand wringing, with little insight and even less humour. Deadly stuff.
This is sermonising, not drama, and I suspect I won't be alone in finding it obnoxiously misogynistic.
With its sermonising about the importance of being strong in the face of marital adversity - not to mention a sappy voiceover on the nature of suffering - the film feels more like a lecture than a drama.
rather crude, occasionally risible, if never actively dislikeable melodrama.
Well acted, but ultimately disappointing drama that's let down by a tedious script, sluggish direction, cloying sentimentality and an overwhelmingly sanctimonious central message.
Reactionary, misogynistic marital drama.
The film so goes against the grain of seculist and feminist thought that you just have to shrug your shoulders and ask: Hell, is it any good as a movie? Not really.
| Original Score: 4/10
a Tyler Perry movie without the Tyler Perry
| Original Score: 1.5/5
If the crisis the couple endures seems real, the resolution needs a little more work to be convincing.
| Original Score: 3/5
The terrific ensemble cast...help to invigorate Not Easily Broken from being merely a ho-hum, contrived film to a mildly engaging melodrama much like a Tyler Perry film.
| Original Score: 6.0/10
...saved from being substandard Tyler Perry material by the sincere performances of the two stars...
This isn't a 'religious movie.' But it's about characters who do indeed have religion in their lives.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mostly, Not Easily Broken is a pat portrayal of a marriage, neither overly dull nor especially engaging.
'Don't go all Waiting to Exhale on me,' advises one of Clarice's soul sisters late in the film. If only.