Not Easily Broken Reviews

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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 7, 2009
Not Easily Broken is a marriage-in-crisis melodrama baked from the Tyler Perry recipe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 9, 2009
I'll remember [Jenifer Lewis'] ferocity long after I've forgotten everything else about this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
June 10, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kimberly Gadette
SET Magazine
January 12, 2009
Playing the funny friend, Kevin Hart stands out--a welcome relief from the low-simmering, Promise Keeper-esque ethos that fuels this piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Eric D. Snider
Cinematical
January 8, 2009
It's the film's earnest delivery and good intentions that give it whatever value it has.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
January 8, 2009
It takes head-to-toe protective padding to survive all the hysteria and tragedy, making the viewing experience more about wincing than Jesus-approved enlightenment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 9, 2009
Why go for imitation Tyler Perry when the master is so industrious? Perry's next one should be along in about 10 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
January 9, 2009
The movie sinks beneath a great mass of clichés until the audience has no choice but to wearily raise its hands in surrender.
| Original Score: 2/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 21, 2009
This is glossy, forgettable fare more at home as a TV matinée.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
April 17, 2009
Not Easily Broken is 99 long minutes worth of sobbing and hand wringing, with little insight and even less humour. Deadly stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Karl French
Financial Times
April 17, 2009
rather crude, occasionally risible, if never actively dislikeable melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
January 9, 2009
Uneven family/marriage dramedy has some mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken is well-acted and involving, though this relationship drama may put some people off with its overt sentimentality and moralizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 9, 2009
Director Bill Duke has no idea how to shape or visualize it, turning it into a mushy mess with far too much loud music to drive home the emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
January 9, 2009
There's much to like about Not Easily Broken, but not enough to ultimately recommend.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 9, 2009
Those who take something of value from a sermon about the necessity for self-sacrifice will certainly be drawn into this well-meaning movie, but those looking for genuine drama should probably look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
January 8, 2009
It's one thing to have your heart in the right place and another to lunge at the audience until they're effectively devouring your chest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 8, 2009
Director Bill Duke can't avoid the stereotypes... or the sermonizing of the lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
March 16, 2009
If the crisis the couple endures seems real, the resolution needs a little more work to be convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

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