For Colored Girls Reviews

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November 16, 2011
December 9, 2010
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...
November 19, 2010
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 8, 2010
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...
November 5, 2010
Ham-handed, obvious, overblown and pretentious, For Colored Girls is a plain disaster.
November 5, 2010
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.
November 5, 2010
Perry gets points for persistence, yes, and for ambition. But that's not enuf.
November 5, 2010
Shange's words retain their power despite the melodramatic incidents Perry has woven to fill in the spaces between poems, his flat, TV-style direction and the highly variable performances of an all-star cast.
November 5, 2010
"For Colored Girls" may, in fact, be Perry's best film (not saying a lot, I know). It's certainly his first bid, as a director, for art-house respectability.
November 5, 2010
While these two hours of hopelessness seem to argue that being an inner city black woman is the unluckiest roll of the dice, these ladies - even at their weakest - carry themselves with the confidence of winners, and we cling to their strength.
November 5, 2010
The film is a mawkish mess, only occasionally alleviated by the performances or Shange's poetry.
November 5, 2010
[Tyler Perry] sings the song the way he likes it - with force, feeling and tremendous sincerity.
November 4, 2010
Shows a mastery of tone, a capacity to elicit strong performances and also to bring out different colors within those performances so that, when it all comes together, it's not the same note sounding over and over. This is smart, lovely work.
November 4, 2010
The writer/director behind the exceedingly broad comedy of the Madea franchise approaches the hit 1970s Ntozake Shange play with a pragmatism that succeeds in form but not in function.
November 4, 2010
Fans of the original may be dismayed by his often-awkward adaptation, which turns too many of Shange's survivors into victims. But it's equally likely that his blunt, emotional approach -- using her words to create his own melodrama -- will connect ...
November 4, 2010
Monologues and melodrama rarely work in contemporary movies exploring social ills.
November 4, 2010
It is a film destined to polarize. Many will hate it. Hopefully more will love it, or at least allow room for it, for its raw brutality, its extremes, its difficult truths.
November 4, 2010
Who could imagine, 35 years on, For Colored Girls would become a star-studded mess of a movie directed by a black, male Hollywood mogul?
November 4, 2010
Shange gives us archetypes; Perry trades in stereotypes.
November 4, 2010
The audience I saw it with didn't seem to know whether to clap when it was over or start taking Lipitor.
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