| Original Score: C-
Not Easily Broken is a marriage-in-crisis melodrama baked from the Tyler Perry recipe.
| Original Score: 2/5
I'll remember [Jenifer Lewis'] ferocity long after I've forgotten everything else about this movie.
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+
Playing the funny friend, Kevin Hart stands out--a welcome relief from the low-simmering, Promise Keeper-esque ethos that fuels this piece.
| Original Score: 3.5/10
It's the film's earnest delivery and good intentions that give it whatever value it has.
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.
Why go for imitation Tyler Perry when the master is so industrious? Perry's next one should be along in about 10 minutes.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
This is glossy, forgettable fare more at home as a TV matinée.
Not Easily Broken is 99 long minutes worth of sobbing and hand wringing, with little insight and even less humour. Deadly stuff.
| Original Score: 1/5
rather crude, occasionally risible, if never actively dislikeable melodrama.
Uneven family/marriage dramedy has some mature themes.
Not Easily Broken is well-acted and involving, though this relationship drama may put some people off with its overt sentimentality and moralizing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
There's much to like about Not Easily Broken, but not enough to ultimately recommend.
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
Director Bill Duke can't avoid the stereotypes... or the sermonizing of the lesson.
| Original Score: C
If the crisis the couple endures seems real, the resolution needs a little more work to be convincing.
| Original Score: 3/5