For Colored Girls


For Colored Girls

Critics 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

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All Critics (108) | Top Critics (36)

  • 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

  • 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 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
  • Feb 25, 2011
    Tragic, terrifying and beautifully poetic. âFor Colored Girlsâ? is a poetically woven tragedy about the trials and struggles of black women. The movie is based on Ntozake Shange's play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad and the entire cast give remarkable emotionally powerful and moving performances. This movie will rub some people the wrong way. It is different in style and approach, and very graphic, blatant and shocking. Yes a lot happens and yes there is a deliberate urgency here and I say, so what? What better time for deliberate urgency then when the subject is so relevant?
    Jasen L Super Reviewer

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