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Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family Reviews

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A.A. Dowd
Time Out New York
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Epitomizing the shrill franchise's schizophrenic tonal shifts, Madea metes out Christian life lessons with one hand -- and righteously bitch-slaps with the other.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

April 27, 2011
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

It's that time of year again, when the daffodils spring up and Tyler Perry puts on a dress and becomes Madea.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

April 28, 2011
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com

Artistic growth is nothing compared to pleasing his built-in audience with the same sap and slapstick they've paid for nine times before.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 21, 2011
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

The problem with the last couple movies to feature Madea, in fact, has been that they haven't featured Madea enough.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

April 27, 2011
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

It's back to threats, stress, and Jesus, with this latest film a slapdash, tedious reworking of old business...These movies should come with a seat belt. A pair of earplugs and sunglasses would be nice to have too.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D

April 22, 2011
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... Tyler Perry goes to the Madea well once too often and comes up dry.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

April 29, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Perry's performance of Madea [feels] flatter and more strained than he ever has in the role.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

February 29, 2012
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

This isn't pleasing the fans, it's just stealing their money.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 1/5

April 22, 2011
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Predictable but occasionally funny comedy has adult themes.

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

April 24, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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The title is meant to be ironic. Too bad irony is in such short supply in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family. Sadly, subtlety is also missing.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

April 27, 2011
Michelle Orange
Movieline

Writing about certain of Tyler Perry's movies feels more like filing a witness report.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 4.5/10

April 22, 2011
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

"Madea's Big Happy Family" is an assault on the senses. I'm still trying to figure out how "Afternoont" and a pancreatic tumor equate in humor, but, hey, maybe Perry's a pioneer of comedy, too.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: D

April 22, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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"Madea's Big Happy Family'' nonsensically knots the spiritual and the salacious, asking gossipy questions then giving pulpit answers so that the movie is wonderfully, woefully absurd.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2011
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com

'Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family' may inspire some to think whether Perry should put Madea to rest. The characters presented are degrading to women and an embarrassment to Perry's followers.

Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2011
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

"Madea's Big Happy Family" is a facetious title; there's not a happy one in the bunch. Eventually, neither is the viewer.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 5, 2013
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Alas, Madea's Big Happy Family is defined by a dearth of plausible human behavior; everything is pitched to jarring emotional extremes of good and evil, joy and pain, chitlin'-circuit broad comedy, and melodramatic speeches.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

April 23, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A typical Perrython of Perryisms aimed at the most Perrynacious viewer. This means steaming melodrama, low comedy and a dash of Jesus.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 28, 2011
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online

Fans of the Madea movies will appreciate that there's actual narrative development here, while those with a casual interest may find this the best one to start with. For everyone else, the best we can say is that it isn't terrible.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

April 22, 2011
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

I've liked most of Perry's previous films, but this one didn't quite connect with me to the same degree. I think that's because you'd have a hard time finding a single scene that doesn't run on too long.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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[Perry has] recycled the same material so many times, it's starting to turn rancid.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

April 22, 2011
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