For Colored Girls


For Colored Girls

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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.



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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

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Critic Reviews for For Colored Girls

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  • 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...

    Dec 9, 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.

    Nov 19, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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...

    Nov 8, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Ham-handed, obvious, overblown and pretentious, For Colored Girls is a plain disaster.

    Nov 5, 2010 | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • 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.

    Nov 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • Perry gets points for persistence, yes, and for ambition. But that's not enuf.

    Nov 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

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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

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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

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Troubled situations with a dash of poetry does not a good movie make. These depressing situations only show the desperation of the character's lives. There is little hope or redemption for such a sad series of connected stories.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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