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
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
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
Willie Waffle
March 6, 2005
it's funny enough to overcome the cliches, and sweet enough to make those cliches feel warm and fuzzy
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
February 25, 2005
Here is a brand new genre: A black-Christian romantic revenge comedy. It doesn't quite work, but Tyler Perry is a jewel.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
February 25, 2005
Raucous and overwrought, the movie is still a hoot to watch and even more fun to talk back to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 25, 2005
Darren Grant, a music vid guy making his feature debut, presents it all in a smooth, elegant package that almost disguises the fact that what we're watching is the narrative equivalent of an eight-ring circus.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2005
In an awkward split-personality way, it works some of the time.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 25, 2005
Three separate movies collide in this uneven but heartfelt drama.
| Original Score: B-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 24, 2005
Tyler Perry's movie is so oblivious to genre that it occupies its own special stylistic niche, if you can imagine such a thing as a romantic revenge farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
February 24, 2005
A lot of it shouldn't work -- and doesn't -- but even while you're sitting there, thinking that it can't go much farther off track, it manages to be fairly involving.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
February 24, 2005
Mr. Perry's irrepressible energy and rapid-fire wit bring Robin Williams to mind.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2005
A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 24, 2005
It becomes clear that the strength of Diary is its refusal to bow to convention.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 23, 2005
Diary is a crock, all right, but a crock made with conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 23, 2005
Emotionally satisfying (if a bit simplistic), yet Perry dilutes its potency by casting himself in ... sitcom roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
February 18, 2005
Watch writer Tyler Perry chew up the scenery in 3 roles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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