• PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Horror
  • Directed By:
    Bill Duke
    In Theaters:
    Jan 9, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 7, 2009
  • Screen Gems/SONY PICTURES

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Not Easily Broken Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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 Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6.0/10

January 30, 2009
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...saved from being substandard Tyler Perry material by the sincere performances of the two stars...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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

January 17, 2009
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 14, 2009
Jackie K. Cooper

A movie with a moral and a message that is still entertaining

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

January 14, 2009
Michael Dequina

There is a lot more grit and realism on display here than most faith-based movies.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 14, 2009
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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

January 12, 2009
Kam Williams

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 Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

January 11, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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[It] has the saving grace of a lively sense of humor that certainly helps the spiritual medicine go down.

January 9, 2009
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A well-crafted message picture disguised as soap opera.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 9, 2009
Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
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Like some marriages, it has its flaws, but perhaps it's the good stuff that's worth focusing on.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 9, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Not Easily Broken leavens the soap opera with a big heart and lots of belly laughs.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 9, 2009
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Not Easily Broken exerts an unmistakable appeal, thanks to an absorbing story and fine performances from Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 9, 2009
Dustin Putman

For once, the following can be declared: the film is better than its trailer.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 9, 2009

Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 9, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

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, ...

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 9, 2009
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Remarkably the movie, like the couple at its center, isn't easily broken.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 8, 2009

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