Total Recall: Movies Directed by Tyler Perry

We count down the best-reviewed directorial work of the Peeples producer.

Tyler Perry

The critics haven't exactly been kind to Tyler Perry over the years, but with nearly $700 million in lifetime domestic grosses, he's definitely a filmmaker who understands his audience -- and with that audience preparing to lineup for his latest production, this weekend's Tyler Perry Presents Peeples, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look back at the best-reviewed entries in his ever-growing filmography. Put on your Sunday dress, pull up those support hose, and grab a shotgun -- it's Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry's Total Recall!


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10. Daddy's Little Girls

Say what you will about Tyler Perry's movies, but he consistently manages to assemble casts filled with excellent actors -- and for 2007's Daddy's Little Girls, his talent included Idris Elba, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Gabrielle Union. Unfortunately, all that thespian power wasn't enough to rescue the movie from critical brickbats, but for a select few scribes, this story of a blue-collar mechanic (Elba) who falls for a wealthy attorney (Union) threw off enough fizzy rom-com sparks to compensate for its thinly sketched characters and exposition-heavy script. "I entered this moviegoing experience ready for a lot of wincing and eye-rolling," admitted Toddy Burton of the Austin Chronicle, "but dammit if this movie didn't make me laugh and cry."

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9. Madea's Family Reunion

Given how regularly she tussles with her kin, you'd think a family reunion would be the last thing Madea would want to plan, but that's exactly what she does in Madea's Family Reunion, the 2006 adaptation of Perry's play in which his infamously cranky matriarch finds herself at the center of a fresh batch of poorly timed familial drama. This time around, Madea has to juggle preparations for the titular event with a mounting series of problems, including her sister's funeral, the court-ordered delivery of a maladjusted teen (Keke Palmer), and the personal travails of her nieces (played by Rochelle Aytes and Lisa Anderson). "Let's not sell Tyler Perry short," urged Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly amidst Family Reunion's poor critical reception. "As the vinegar-witted Madea, he's a drag performer of testy charm, but in his overlit patchwork way he's also making the most primal women's pictures since Joan Crawford flexed her shoulder pads."

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8. Madea Goes to Jail

Two decades after Jim Varney's Ernest ended up in the big house, Tyler Perry followed suit with Madea Goes to Jail, an adaptation of his play about the pistol-packing granny's adventures in the hoosegow. In court after being arrested for the high-speed chase she led police through during Meet the Browns, Madea gets off on a technicality, only to go on an immediate rampage that finds her threatening uninvited houseguests with a machine gun and clearing a Kmart parking space with a forklift truck. Safely behind bars, she meets up with a hooker with a heart of gold (played, to many audience members' intense discomfort, by Keshia Knight Pulliam of Cosby Show fame) and before long, everyone gets a happy ending (not that kind -- get your mind out of the gutter). That's a lot of plot for one movie to handle, and quite a few critics felt Perry bungled the tricky business of integrating Madea Goes to Jail's drama with its comedy -- but that was a minor complaint for Melissa Anderson of the Village Voice, who shrugged, "As ridiculous as his films frequently are, Perry, a shrewd yet benevolent showman, knows and loves his audience."

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7. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Like many of Perry's movies, Good Deeds' title contains a touch of punny humor -- its protagonist (played by Perry, natch) is a good guy named Walter Deeds -- but it's also a simple statement of purpose. For this 2012 drama, Perry tried taking a look at just how powerful one good deed can be, showing Walter as a well-meaning but socially insulated businessman whose chance encounter with a struggling cleaning lady (Thandie Newton) sparks a profound change in his life. It's the type of premise that demands a feather-light touch from a filmmaker, and unfortunately, most critics agreed that Perry's direction and screenplay smothered Good Deeds in poorly paced, dully delivered drama. Slant Magazine's Rob Humanick offered one of the few dissenting opinions, however, asserting that "Perry's considerate plotting is deliberate, perhaps even overlong, but with an attuned sense of people's evolving feelings and relationships."

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6. Meet The Browns

Another Tyler Perry play that made the jump from stage to screen, Meet the Browns follows the adventures of a struggling single mother (Angela Bassett) who gets a double whammy: first she loses her job, then she finds out that her father (who she's never even met) has died. Far from a mopey drama, however, Browns provides its desperate protagonist with a family she never knew she had -- including, of course, an irascible, linebacker-shaped old lady named Madea. At this point, the lines were already pretty well drawn between Perry's audience and his critics, and for the most part, they stayed on opposite sides for Meet the Browns, although it did resonate with some scribes -- like Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum, who wrote, "The importance of faith, church, kin, staying off drugs, sharing food, repenting from sin, forgiving sinners, appreciating a good black man, rejecting a bad one, and honoring black matriarchy is enumerated with typical, reassuring Perry broadness."

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Comments

Adrian DeZendegui

Adrian DeZendegui

Wow, Tyler Perry has a suck ass career

May 8 - 04:40 PM

Matt Ritchey

Matt Ritchey

Tyler Perry actually has an AMAZING career. HE likes what he does, he has a very loyal following, he makes BANK and he does pretty much whatever he wants.

That being said, I made the mistake of seeing one of his movies. His MOVIES suck ass. His CAREER is enviable.

May 8 - 06:01 PM

Rodschach

Rod Guzman

So he's like another Ed Wood? Meh.

May 8 - 07:28 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

That spot is already taken by Uwe Boll.

May 8 - 11:40 PM

Chris Carlin

Chris Carlin

Perry makes millions of dollars off his movies. Ed Wood was already dead by the time his movies gained popularity. Totally different situation.

May 10 - 07:40 AM

Pattie  L.

Pattie Linquist

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job Ive had. Last Tuesday I bought a gorgeous Lancia Straton from earning $4331 this - 5 weeks past. I began this 7-months ago and right away started to earn at least $69, per-hr. I use this website,, www.Mojo50.com

May 15 - 03:49 PM

Dakota Snellgrove

Dakota Snellgrove

No. Uwe Boll and Tyler Perry are in no way comparable to Ed Wood. Ed Wood was a visionary. He had a love of film that rivaled no other at the time especially. He made what he wants. The difference between Uwe Boll and Tyler Perry and Ed Wood, is when you watch an Ed Wood movie you can see the passion that went into it, regardless of the talent level of those involved.

Apr 23 - 05:32 PM

Maya Sh

Maya Sh

well said, Matt.

May 12 - 02:51 PM

Dustin Runyan

Dustin Runyan

Excellent, Matt. I was thinking "Well then, I wish I had that kinda 'suck ass' career" in response to Adrian. I just like to think I'd have enough pride not to make the worst movies on earth in order to have it.

May 13 - 07:16 AM

Pat ChalupaBatman

Pat ChalupaBatman

Making money by race pandering is success by default

May 14 - 11:26 AM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

agreed

May 8 - 06:40 PM

Jamiel Catalan

Jamiel Catalan

So is John Moore

May 9 - 12:41 AM

Parker Sanderson

Parker Sanderson

Net worth $400 million. He's doing alright

May 10 - 10:21 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Kinda like King Midas, amirite? "Gain the world and lose your soul"?

May 10 - 01:29 PM

Andrew Andoh

Andrew Andoh

Understatement of the century his movies are bad, ironically he makes good cash of them.

May 14 - 09:59 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

He's like Michael Bay. 1 decent film through an extremity of mediocre one. Except, I'm curious as to why people like I Can Do Bad. Anyways, it is a pleasure to see he has one decent film.

-James Gatz

May 8 - 04:40 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well he does have a faithful fan base which is no different than other fan bases! Just like they're fan bases for specific soap opera shows!

May 8 - 05:29 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

When I went to watch Madea's Family (long story) no one laughed at all. I'm serious. All I heard was popcorn being eaten.

May 8 - 05:40 PM

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes

Micheal Bay has one really good film in Pain and Gain, Tyler Perry doesn't even have one good movie

May 8 - 05:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Then the reason why some go to see Medea's Family was to see Tyler Perry wearing drag! But I'm just saying that whatever the reason people pay money to see him is irreverent when one can't dispute his financial numbers since a percentage of his films have actually made more money than it had cost to make! Perry is still a good investment for it's a matter of when he'll start to lose his cult following!

May 8 - 06:00 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

@Anthony If you liked Pain&Gain, you must've liked the Rock (film, not actor)

@Dave J Didn't his last Madea film only made like 30 million US, but Temptation made like 51 million.

May 8 - 06:14 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

@Anthony - The day Michael Bay makes a good film will be the day the world ends.

May 8 - 11:41 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I thought Michael Bay got of to a pretty good start with Bad Boys and The Rock (the latter being one very entertaining film and easily his best). Unfortunately since then he's been getting more and more over the top. Rather then trying to improve in storytelling, he's just been increasingly neglecting it.

As for Tyler Perry, I'll admit I've only seen a few of his films but I've always been baffled at what tone he's trying to achieve in them. One moment the scene will be very serious and the next it'll descend into complete slapstick. I mean how are you supposed to take the themes he's trying to tell seriously when a moment later Madea will saw a couch in half or lift up a car from her parking spot with a bulldozer?

May 9 - 02:31 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, according to "boxofficemojo" I think every single Medea film has actually made more money than it cost to make assuming if his average production budget was 20 million or less!

Here are just a few examples:

-Tyler's first Medea film "Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman" costs only 5.5 million made 50 million

-"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" costs 20 made 65

-"Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion" costs 6 million made 63 million

-"Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" made 90 million which may be his most successful Medea movie thus far

- "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" costs 20 million made 60 million

Every single movie from his "own" production company he's been involved in has made a profit one way or another! Tyler Perry wearing drag may be the most successful in movie history!

May 9 - 01:03 PM

Trenton Ledford

Trenton Ledford

Yes he is just like Michael Bay. All the film majors at my campus said the same thing. I actually like I Can Do Bad. That's the only film I thought was decent. I think I gave that film 3/5.

May 8 - 08:38 PM

John Tyler

John *

Good Deeds, For Colored Girls, Madea's Witness Protection, and Alex Cross = Good IMO. Temptation = Mediocre. Others = Boring.

May 8 - 04:41 PM

Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott

Lol.

May 9 - 11:22 AM

Robby Mulvany

Robby Mulvany

You've sat through multiple Tyler Perry movies? LOL

May 9 - 01:15 PM

Kyle Talley

Kyle Talley

Why have you seen all these movies?

May 11 - 09:38 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

This is embarrassing. The best thing he ever did was his cameo in Star Trek '09.

May 8 - 04:53 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I indubitably agree with your statement, David TANNY

May 8 - 05:10 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Well, at least we agree on something.

May 8 - 05:20 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm curious. What makes you a Mandingo expert?

May 8 - 05:24 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

I wish they'd have put "directed" in quotes in the title since I'm not sure what Perry does meets the definition of the word.

May 8 - 04:55 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

He's more of a businessman than a filmmaker.

May 8 - 05:37 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I indubitably agree with your statement, David TANNY

May 8 - 05:10 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Well, at least we agree on something.

May 8 - 05:20 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm curious. What makes you a Mandingo expert?

May 8 - 05:24 PM

Jaxx Raxor

Adam Jones

Mr. Perry's films (and plays) are primarily for a subsection of African American women and no one else. In a sense, it admiral how he ignores professional critics. The fact that most movies coming out of Hollywood still feature mostly white actors in prominent roles makes Perry's movies stand out. I wish he had the talent of someone like Spike Lee for instance but I guess we just gotta deal with it.

May 8 - 05:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That's just insulting to black filmmakers. Yes they exist. Scott Sanders, Malcolm D. Lee, Dee Rees, Ava DuVernay, the British Steve McQueen. Hollywood could, conceivably, compete for his audience if they wanted to. (They don't) And Perry deserves scorn for not using his substantial wealth to finance and produce films by other young filmmakers (this negligence eliminates any good will anyone can say about his success). Perry, and Lee Daniels and the Wayans as well, are insulting in their portrayal of black people.

May 8 - 06:51 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Glad you brought up Steve McQueen. One of the best filmmakers working today.

May 8 - 07:21 PM

Alivia Smith

Alivia Smith

thank

May 8 - 09:41 PM

King  S.

King Simba

What about Precious? He produced that film, and did his best to raise awarness about it. His and Oprah's backing of the film are arguably the major reasons why such a bleak film was able to get so much attention before release.

May 9 - 02:03 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yes, what about Precious? One of the most debased portrayals of black people in recent cinema. You should read what eminent black writers like Toni Morrison and Ishmael Reed have had to say about it. It's "race porn". And it's no surprise that Lee Daniels (I mentioned him above for a reason) has gone on to make another race porn soap opera in "Paperboy", and the trailer for his new film , "The Butler", is currently one of the most ridiculed things on Youtube. See it for yourself. And, on top of that, Perry was only one of 11 producers, and one of the last to jump on board (after Oprah and the Weinsteins). In any case, that's a piss-poor example.

May 9 - 12:19 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Well, at least we agree on something.

May 8 - 05:20 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm curious. What makes you a Mandingo expert?

May 8 - 05:24 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

I'm curious. What makes you a Mandingo expert?

May 8 - 05:24 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Well he does have a faithful fan base which is no different than other fan bases! Just like they're fan bases for specific soap opera shows!

May 8 - 05:29 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

When I went to watch Madea's Family (long story) no one laughed at all. I'm serious. All I heard was popcorn being eaten.

May 8 - 05:40 PM

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes

Micheal Bay has one really good film in Pain and Gain, Tyler Perry doesn't even have one good movie

May 8 - 05:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Then the reason why some go to see Medea's Family was to see Tyler Perry wearing drag! But I'm just saying that whatever the reason people pay money to see him is irreverent when one can't dispute his financial numbers since a percentage of his films have actually made more money than it had cost to make! Perry is still a good investment for it's a matter of when he'll start to lose his cult following!

May 8 - 06:00 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

@Anthony If you liked Pain&Gain, you must've liked the Rock (film, not actor)

@Dave J Didn't his last Madea film only made like 30 million US, but Temptation made like 51 million.

May 8 - 06:14 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

@Anthony - The day Michael Bay makes a good film will be the day the world ends.

May 8 - 11:41 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I thought Michael Bay got of to a pretty good start with Bad Boys and The Rock (the latter being one very entertaining film and easily his best). Unfortunately since then he's been getting more and more over the top. Rather then trying to improve in storytelling, he's just been increasingly neglecting it.

As for Tyler Perry, I'll admit I've only seen a few of his films but I've always been baffled at what tone he's trying to achieve in them. One moment the scene will be very serious and the next it'll descend into complete slapstick. I mean how are you supposed to take the themes he's trying to tell seriously when a moment later Madea will saw a couch in half or lift up a car from her parking spot with a bulldozer?

May 9 - 02:31 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, according to "boxofficemojo" I think every single Medea film has actually made more money than it cost to make assuming if his average production budget was 20 million or less!

Here are just a few examples:

-Tyler's first Medea film "Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman" costs only 5.5 million made 50 million

-"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" costs 20 made 65

-"Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion" costs 6 million made 63 million

-"Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" made 90 million which may be his most successful Medea movie thus far

- "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" costs 20 million made 60 million

Every single movie from his "own" production company he's been involved in has made a profit one way or another! Tyler Perry wearing drag may be the most successful in movie history!

May 9 - 01:03 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew *

Seriously? ONE Fresh movie? This guy needs to just stop.

May 8 - 05:30 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Tell that to Michael Bay. Atleast Perry has more than 1 fresh film in his filmography (Star Trek)

May 8 - 05:46 PM

David Baker

David Baker

What the hell does Tyler Perry have to do with Star Trek having a fresh rating? He was an actor in it for about five minutes. That's the totality of his contribution to the movie so I don't think that counts as a "fresh" movie for Perry when he has a dozen or so films that he wrote and directed.

May 12 - 03:11 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

It's still the best thing he's ever done. In terms of acting, and the actual movie he's part of.

May 12 - 08:52 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

He's more of a businessman than a filmmaker.

May 8 - 05:37 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

When I went to watch Madea's Family (long story) no one laughed at all. I'm serious. All I heard was popcorn being eaten.

May 8 - 05:40 PM

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes

Micheal Bay has one really good film in Pain and Gain, Tyler Perry doesn't even have one good movie

May 8 - 05:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Then the reason why some go to see Medea's Family was to see Tyler Perry wearing drag! But I'm just saying that whatever the reason people pay money to see him is irreverent when one can't dispute his financial numbers since a percentage of his films have actually made more money than it had cost to make! Perry is still a good investment for it's a matter of when he'll start to lose his cult following!

May 8 - 06:00 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

@Anthony If you liked Pain&Gain, you must've liked the Rock (film, not actor)

@Dave J Didn't his last Madea film only made like 30 million US, but Temptation made like 51 million.

May 8 - 06:14 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

@Anthony - The day Michael Bay makes a good film will be the day the world ends.

May 8 - 11:41 PM

King  S.

King Simba

I thought Michael Bay got of to a pretty good start with Bad Boys and The Rock (the latter being one very entertaining film and easily his best). Unfortunately since then he's been getting more and more over the top. Rather then trying to improve in storytelling, he's just been increasingly neglecting it.

As for Tyler Perry, I'll admit I've only seen a few of his films but I've always been baffled at what tone he's trying to achieve in them. One moment the scene will be very serious and the next it'll descend into complete slapstick. I mean how are you supposed to take the themes he's trying to tell seriously when a moment later Madea will saw a couch in half or lift up a car from her parking spot with a bulldozer?

May 9 - 02:31 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Look, according to "boxofficemojo" I think every single Medea film has actually made more money than it cost to make assuming if his average production budget was 20 million or less!

Here are just a few examples:

-Tyler's first Medea film "Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman" costs only 5.5 million made 50 million

-"Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" costs 20 made 65

-"Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion" costs 6 million made 63 million

-"Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" made 90 million which may be his most successful Medea movie thus far

- "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" costs 20 million made 60 million

Every single movie from his "own" production company he's been involved in has made a profit one way or another! Tyler Perry wearing drag may be the most successful in movie history!

May 9 - 01:03 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Tell that to Michael Bay. Atleast Perry has more than 1 fresh film in his filmography (Star Trek)

May 8 - 05:46 PM

David Baker

David Baker

What the hell does Tyler Perry have to do with Star Trek having a fresh rating? He was an actor in it for about five minutes. That's the totality of his contribution to the movie so I don't think that counts as a "fresh" movie for Perry when he has a dozen or so films that he wrote and directed.

May 12 - 03:11 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

It's still the best thing he's ever done. In terms of acting, and the actual movie he's part of.

May 12 - 08:52 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm actually surprised that theres a fresh one on here.

May 8 - 05:54 PM

Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes

Micheal Bay has one really good film in Pain and Gain, Tyler Perry doesn't even have one good movie

May 8 - 05:54 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Then the reason why some go to see Medea's Family was to see Tyler Perry wearing drag! But I'm just saying that whatever the reason people pay money to see him is irreverent when one can't dispute his financial numbers since a percentage of his films have actually made more money than it had cost to make! Perry is still a good investment for it's a matter of when he'll start to lose his cult following!

May 8 - 06:00 PM

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