Not Easily Broken Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 23, 2009
...saved from being substandard Tyler Perry material by the sincere performances of the two stars...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 17, 2009
This isn't a 'religious movie.' But it's about characters who do indeed have religion in their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2009
Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 14, 2009
A movie with a moral and a message that is still entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 14, 2009
There is a lot more grit and realism on display here than most faith-based movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
January 12, 2009
Not Easily Broken isn't perfect. It's a tad preachy at times. Yet it also lifts spirits with the power of emotional healing and forgiveness. Amen to that.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
January 11, 2009
Humorous asides in no way interfere with the ability of this modern parable to drive home a sobering message about the sanctity of marriage. Faith-based entertainment at its best that you don't have to be Born Again to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 9, 2009
[It] has the saving grace of a lively sense of humor that certainly helps the spiritual medicine go down.
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken isn't perfect, but it is persuasive in its portrait of a husband and wife who must decide whether their frayed marriage is worth fighting to save.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 9, 2009
A well-crafted message picture disguised as soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
January 9, 2009
Like some marriages, it has its flaws, but perhaps it's the good stuff that's worth focusing on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken leavens the soap opera with a big heart and lots of belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken exerts an unmistakable appeal, thanks to an absorbing story and fine performances from Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
January 9, 2009
For once, the following can be declared: the film is better than its trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Boston Globe
January 9, 2009
For most of Not Easily Broken, I wondered why the movie wasn't worse. Then I remembered it was directed by the veteran Bill Duke, who applies ample TLC.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
January 9, 2009
Atlanta-based playwright Tyler Perry owns the urban moral fable, but the handful of others clamoring for their piece of the pie include mega-church entrepreneur T.D. Jakes, ...
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
January 9, 2009
Ultimately, Not Easily Broken is too sincere, and frankly, offers too much in the way of social comment to let its shortcomings outweigh its strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken is not easily dismissed. For one thing, the cast is excellent, and for another, its intentions are serious and generous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 8, 2009
Remarkably the movie, like the couple at its center, isn't easily broken.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

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