Diary of a Mad Black Woman - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Diary of a Mad Black Woman Reviews

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Dustin Putman
November 14, 2013
It is a film full of jagged edges, but one that is sincere and beguiling at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 19, 2012
[Jams] together not two but three separate genres that probably should have remained that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Syrupy drama -- not much here for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 30, 2007
In an extremely strange genre combo, inner city gross out comedy meets evangelical passion play in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman.
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Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
February 17, 2007
What ruins this revenge flick is Madea's boorish, bull in the china store act reminiscent of the sassy black woman stereotype popularized by Sanford and Son's Aunt Esther. Loud and ignorant, Medea tends to trivialize every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
LaTonya Taylor
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
A satisfying end, but it takes a lot of work -- and a lot of suspended disbelief -- to get there.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
This bizarre movie is many things--a celebration of Christian values, a drag act, a drug plunge, a soap opera, a sitcom revenge fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
As a comedy this movie works. As a love story, the movie contains no sparks. The dialogue is stilted and unnatural, which belittles the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Cornelius
June 28, 2005
This is a film that's gone way beyond the realm of bad, past disaster. This one's in the area of all-time grand mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
April 27, 2005
This movie really touched upon an aspect of black life that we can all identify with. More realistic then all of these ghettofied movies that have been presented as representation of black life previously.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
April 20, 2005
...a passion play with a guy in drag (who could ask for anything more?)...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
J. Robert Parks
Looking Closer
April 9, 2005
What works in the theater doesn't always work in the movies. Part of the problem, as mentioned, is with the broadness of the material. But it doesn't help that the script relies way too much on syrupy voiceovers.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 29, 2005
Blandly directed and dramatically shameless.
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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
Perry's writing is dramaturgy of the most primitive kind, with melodramatic situations, tons of woozy sentiment, and humor which might be described as 'lowbrow,' were that not probably too elevated a term for it.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 20, 2005
the film's dramatic components are just as outrageous as its comedic moments
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 18, 2005
It's never less than watchable, a bizarre hybrid that somehow works as a whole, even though its various components don't mesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2005
It's a cheap melodrama that presses all the right sentimental buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
March 11, 2005
Madea is a way to model a raucous, powerful, but still jokey mad woman-ness for Helen.
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
March 10, 2005
Helen's chaste swain wants intimacy, not sex. C'mon-even Baptists are interested in sex. They just don't do it standing up, because someone might think they were dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 10, 2005
It must be a hoot when performed live. But it only works in spurts on screen.
| Original Score: 2/4
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