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Tyler Perry has assembled a fine cast for this adaptation of the 1975 play, and his heart is obviously in the right place, but his fondness for melodrama cheapens a meaningful story. Read critic reviews

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In New York, a group of black women, most of whom live in the same Harlem apartment building, faces personal crises, heartbreak and other challenges. Crystal (Kimberly Elise) faces an unhappy existence as an abused lover. Jo (Janet Jackson) is a successful magazine editor, but her husband has a secret double life. Juanita (Loretta Devine) is a relationship counselor but cannot seem to get her love life in order. These three and others become bound together by their experiences.

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  • Writer/director Tyler Perry is probably used to taking heat from the critics for his films, but he can rest knowing that his latest movie For Colored Girls... is his best film yet. Even though that might not be attributed to his direction or writing.

    September 11, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Excruciating when it's bad, which is far too often, but a brave failure in lots of ways.

    December 9, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Perry crafts poorly paced soap opera, playing out in the most obvious and crass manner possible the situations that the poems subtly dance around. Shange's original text...

    December 9, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Tyler Perry's drama is beautifully acted but Ntozake Shange's multiple, interlocking narratives ultimately defy his efforts to bring them to the screen.

    December 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Perry has assembled a formidable ensemble, including Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad and, in the most searing cameo, Macy Gray.

    November 19, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • Dec 12, 2011
    The classic Ntozake Shange production on which this is based is intimidating enough to adapt and, sadly, I'm hard-pressed to think of a director possessing less of the craftsmanship required to pull it off than Tyler Perry. The tremendous ensemble of actresses deserves sole credit for making 2010's 'For Colored Girls' what it is (shout out in particular to Kimberly Elise and Anika Noni Rose).
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  • Dec 02, 2011
    For Colored Girls is another melodrama from Tyler Perry but in many ways he has changed with this film. Its story and characters would be perfect if Perry did not focus on making it just African-Americans, I will never get over that he believes only black people have issues. The cast is phenomenal, this may be the best cast I hve seen in a Tyler Perry film and I believe there should have been an Oscar nomination for at least one performance in this film. This movie focuses so much on the drama and not enough on its essense, and with all these different characters it was hard to follow and love the film. The movie is decent, and I could tell Tyler Perry put his heart into it, but the story sadly makes it fall short.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2011
    I enjoyed the plot and how all of the stories came together...it reminded me a little of "Crash". However, It lost me when the scenes turned into a poetry monologue. I could do without that.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    A shockingly compelling melodrama, color me surprised. It really shouldn't have worked, what with all the turgid descents into poetry and blatant attempts to get us to cry, but it made me cry nevertheless. My favorite storyline was definitely Thandie Newton's, as the feral Tangie.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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