• 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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Christine Champ
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

May 6, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Not Easily Broken is a marriage-in-crisis melodrama baked from the Tyler Perry recipe.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 7, 2009

I'll remember [Jenifer Lewis'] ferocity long after I've forgotten everything else about this movie.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

January 9, 2009
Clay Cane

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 Source: BET.com | Original Score: C+

June 10, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
SET Magazine

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 Source: SET Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/10

January 12, 2009
Eric D. Snider

It's the film's earnest delivery and good intentions that give it whatever value it has.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: C+

January 8, 2009
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C-

January 8, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 9, 2009
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star

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

January 9, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

This is glossy, forgettable fare more at home as a TV matinée.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

April 21, 2009
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

Not Easily Broken is 99 long minutes worth of sobbing and hand wringing, with little insight and even less humour. Deadly stuff.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 1/5

April 17, 2009
Karl French
Financial Times

rather crude, occasionally risible, if never actively dislikeable melodrama.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2009
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Uneven family/marriage dramedy has some mature themes.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

January 9, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

January 9, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 9, 2009
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

There's much to like about Not Easily Broken, but not enough to ultimately recommend.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

January 9, 2009
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/4

January 9, 2009
Matt Pais

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 Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 8, 2009
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Director Bill Duke can't avoid the stereotypes... or the sermonizing of the lesson.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

January 8, 2009
Dan Lybarger

If the crisis the couple endures seems real, the resolution needs a little more work to be convincing.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2009

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