• 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

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

May 6, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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That's a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

April 17, 2009
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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'Don't go all Waiting to Exhale on me,' advises one of Clarice's soul sisters late in the film. If only.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 15, 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
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
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
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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It turns out, though, that a woman can save any marriage with a little home cooking and extra sex.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

January 9, 2009
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It's as simplistic, reductive, and heavy-handed as Deep Cover was gloriously ambiguous.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

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
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
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
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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A queasy mix of comedy, melodrama, and self-help spirituality.

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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
Robert Koehler
Variety
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The pigeonholed characters constrict Chestnut and the usually good Henson from portraying fully developed adults; the same dilemma hits most of the supporting cast.

Full Review Source: Variety

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
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's predictable but ultimately moving; a glimpse of a bond near-broken yet straining to become whole again.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 8, 2009
Hank Sartin
Time Out New York
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[Has] a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little more fair and balanced in the battle of the sexes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

January 7, 2009
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
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