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Diary of a Mad Black Woman Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 25, 2005
The low comedy and high melodrama, with a touch of inspiration, don't blend easily, and here the match seems forced.
| Original Score: 2/5
February 24, 2005
I'm not sure if it's surprising that the film is almost uniformly awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 25, 2005
I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 25, 2005
Some of these problems stem from the film's leap from a theatrical production's play-to-the-rafters bigness to the screen's demands for something more finessed. There's not a lot of nuance here.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Syrupy drama -- not much here for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
James Rocchi
March 4, 2005
Sloppy, insipid mishmash of female empowerment, Christian thought and gun-and-weed jokes is an early front-runner for Worst Film of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 25, 2005
The film itself is a touch insane, veering from comedy to cornball melodrama (and torture!) with such startling alacrity that viewers might laugh and not know if they're supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
February 23, 2005
Not even Tyler Perry in a dress can save this embarrassing mess of a story
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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
Eric D. Snider
February 24, 2005
Displays a blind ineptitude on the level of some of the worst films I've ever seen.... This movie is an absolute train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Brian Orndorf
February 24, 2005
Woman leaves the audience with the burden of maintaining a church-appropriate patience to appreciate the small charms to be found in Perry's berserk creation.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Kit Bowen
February 24, 2005
If not for the larger-than-life multitasking by Tyler Perry, Diary of a Mad Black Woman would be just another tedious, over-the-top movie about self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 24, 2005
Grant's broad narrative never quite reaches the subversive tone it's aiming for so awkwardly. Much is thrown into Diary with the flimsy afterthought of a tossed salad
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
February 24, 2005
It's a fractured fairy tale for religious zealots and fart-joke enthusiasts that, in its pious lessons of forgiveness, does the unforgivable by using Christianity as a crutch.
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-
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