| Original Score: C-
That's a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.
| Original Score: 2/6
'Don't go all Waiting to Exhale on me,' advises one of Clarice's soul sisters late in the film. If only.
Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target.
| Original Score: B
[It] has the saving grace of a lively sense of humor that certainly helps the spiritual medicine go down.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A well-crafted message picture disguised as soap opera.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
It turns out, though, that a woman can save any marriage with a little home cooking and extra sex.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's as simplistic, reductive, and heavy-handed as Deep Cover was gloriously ambiguous.
| Original Score: D
Like some marriages, it has its flaws, but perhaps it's the good stuff that's worth focusing on.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Not Easily Broken is well-acted and involving, though this relationship drama may put some people off with its overt sentimentality and moralizing.
Not Easily Broken exerts an unmistakable appeal, thanks to an absorbing story and fine performances from Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson.
A queasy mix of comedy, melodrama, and self-help spirituality.
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.
The pigeonholed characters constrict Chestnut and the usually good Henson from portraying fully developed adults; the same dilemma hits most of the supporting cast.
Not Easily Broken is not easily dismissed. For one thing, the cast is excellent, and for another, its intentions are serious and generous.
Remarkably the movie, like the couple at its center, isn't easily broken.
It's predictable but ultimately moving; a glimpse of a bond near-broken yet straining to become whole again.
[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.
Not Easily Broken is a marriage-in-crisis melodrama baked from the Tyler Perry recipe.
| Original Score: 2/5