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For Colored Girls Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 6, 2013
"For Colored Girls" features a lot of heartache and pain, but lacks any sense of purpose. It sacrifices depth for despair and suffers because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 3, 2010
Perry has taken a groundbreaking, radical work of theater and turned it into just another cardboard Tyler Perry movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
November 5, 2010
An ambitious adaptation of an iconic feminist work and bold experiment for a straightforward filmmaker who's historically struggled to balance comedy with melodrama.
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
February 18, 2011
It's refreshing to see an all black cast, in a film that places black women's stories front and centre; it's just a shame that the stories are such downers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 6, 2010
Tyler Perry is the most influential African-American director since Spike Lee, and certainly the most financially successful ever, none of which can disguise that he's a terrible filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 4, 2010
Perry tries to be faithful to the play and also to his own boldly and simply told stories, and the two styles don't fit together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 4, 2010
The appeal of the original went far beyond the specifics of being black or female, in the '70s or any time. The adaptation's limitations make the play seem quaint, out of date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
December 9, 2010
At least an interesting failure.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
November 5, 2010
As often as Perry's melodramatic storytelling hits the mark (Thandie Newton's performance), it misses at least as often (Whoopi Goldberg's).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
November 6, 2010
Can a mid-'70s play consisting of 20 monologues delivered by seven women survive the transition to movie screens in 2010? The short answer: not if it's adapted by Tyler Perry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 4, 2010
I used to think there was nothing worse in modern moviemaking than Perry's unfunny, incompetent stooping for profit. It turns out that when he boldly and blatantly panders for prestige, he reaches even newer lows.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2010
Tyler Perry utterly butchers Ntozake Shange's theatrical tone poem to black female identity.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
October 22, 2010
Looking to dramatize the daily hardships of African-American women by focusing on nine diverse black females living in Harlem, this melodrama drowns in soap-opera theatrics.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
November 5, 2010
The thought-provoking material about women paying a high price for making bad choices and ultimately finding their own voice may work on stage, but it's like putting a square peg in a round hole for a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
November 5, 2010
The entire film is suffocated by an inflated sense of self-worth - we are making a crucial movie of great pedigree about major underreported issues is the general attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
November 5, 2010
Women may appreciate the message and sentiments expressed in Shange's words, but they would have been even more effective if incorporated into a stronger story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Tyler Perry movies certainly have their place in society, as they undoubtedly have a strong moral core and are made with noble intentions. On the evidence of For Colored Girls though, he should leave the serious drama alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
November 13, 2010
Perry gives with one hand and takes with the other-the thrill of seeing these actresses "do their stuff" is decimated by Perry's insistence on welding a plot and adding "contemporary" additions to Shange's lyrical, timeless monologues.
Eric D. Snider
November 6, 2010
Tyler Perry has Tyler Perried the hell out of this thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
November 3, 2010
The juiced up hysterics are exhausting and unyielding in their shrill tone, making a fool out of the original work, degrading sobering expressions of torment by turning the pain into Madea-slapped histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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