For Colored Girls (2010)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning play exploring the plight of black women makes the leap from stage to screen with this ensemble drama directed by Tyler Perry, and starring Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, and Macy Gray. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for some disturbing violence including a rape, sexual content and language)
Genre:
Drama , Special Interest
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Cast

Kimberly Elise
as Crystal/Brown
Janet Jackson
as Jo/Red
Loretta Devine
as Juanita/Green
Thandie Newton
as Tangie/Orange
Anika Noni Rose
as Yasmine/Yellow
Kerry Washington
as Kelly/Blue
Tessa Thompson
as Nyla/Purple
Whoopi Goldberg
as Alice/White
Macy Gray
as Rose
Michael Ealy
as Beau Willie
Hill Harper
as Donald
May Zayan
as Katina
John Crow
as Dr. Davis
Jason Graham
as Man #2
Ayo Sorrells
as Man #3
Joe Amato
as Driver
David Feigenbaum
as Security Guard
Holly Crawshaw
as Waitress
Karen Slack
as Soprano #1
Andrea Jones-Sojola
as Soprano #2
Jeanette Illidge
as Soprano #3
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Critic Reviews for For Colored Girls

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (34)

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Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

For Colored Girls is so shamelessly terrible it would make a great midnight hoot-fest, if you had the stomach to laugh at Shange or some of the best (and most underused) actresses of their generation...

Full Review… | November 7, 2010
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Ham-handed, obvious, overblown and pretentious, For Colored Girls is a plain disaster.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Director Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls is a bold example of an artist's reach exceeding his grasp. And it's hard not to applaud his determination and grade for ambition.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

Perry gets points for persistence, yes, and for ambition. But that's not enuf.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for For Colored Girls

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Subject matter is extremely grim, so if you don't like sad movies, this isn't one for you, but under all the sadness is a message of hope and resilience. Excellent cast and extremely well acted. This deals with a loosely connected group of women who mainly live in the same apartment block, some of them related. All have their issues and the main theme is betrayal. I don't want to say too much and spoil it, but the inspiring part is how these women find their strength and learn to move on and and deal with what has been dealt to them. It is quite poetic, some of what they say does not make a lot of sense, but you get the gist. I found it fascinating. Really hooked me in from start to end.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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 Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

I usually like Tyler Perry movies,but this one just didn't work for me..found some of the women were way over the top in their acting,and it was too melodramatic for me...just not a movie for me, then again most men probably wouldn't care for a movie where women randomly break out into poem...should have had Madea in it for some comic relief.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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