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I Can Do Bad All By Myself Reviews

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Dustin Putman
November 26, 2013
Too pat by a half during the finale, but Tyler Perry shows a maturity as a filmmaker that would pave the way for arguably his best picture, 2010's "For Colored Girls."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 15, 2012
Taraji P. Henson is absolutely staggering and wonderful... this, people, is what inspirational cinema is supposed to look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2009
Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork, this latest from chitlin' circuit impressario Tyler Perry is just a fat slab of ecstatic entertainment.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 21, 2009
I Can Do Bad All By Myself may not be a model of tonal restraint, but it's well acted, it's funny, the music is phenomenal, and the religion is sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 18, 2009
Perry sticks to his storytelling principles, doing what he does so well.
| Original Score: 3/4
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
September 17, 2009
Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 16, 2009
Lurches around for nearly two hours before concluding that all its heroine needed all along was a good (and hunky) man and Jesus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clay Cane
September 16, 2009
Taraji P. Henson is the Mary J. Blige of film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nick Schager
Time Out
September 16, 2009
Narratively and grammatically dim redemption pap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jackie K. Cooper
September 15, 2009
Tyler Perry does good all by himself, but having Henson on board helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 15, 2009
If the Atlanta impresario is just bored with cranking out two adaptations a year of his earlier stage work, the audience is getting restless, too.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 15, 2009
It is easy to knock the Tyler Perry formula, but you have to give the man credit: He knows how to create meaty roles for women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 14, 2009
Though no one would cite him for the cinematic qualities of his visually pedestrian films, Perry is a master conductor of emotions.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 14, 2009
Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 14, 2009
Unashamedly fond of mixing messages of vengeance and piety, Perry nevertheless manages to reduce the tonal whiplash, so that this newest entry glides a little more easily from broad laughs to teary anguish and finally sweeping uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 14, 2009
It's the best Tyler Perry movie to date -- the writer/director/actor/mogul's most confident and competent mixture of uplifting black middle-class melodrama and low-down comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2009
After a summer of phony, pasty rom-coms, do this: See a movie where old-fashioned notions of love, faith, strength, and the possibility of redemption are taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2009
Sometimes-gritty dramedy has some moving moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
Giant Magazine
September 13, 2009
If Perry continues to surround himself with great talent like this, maybe it'll force him to step up his own game and make a movie that departs from his increasingly tired formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nell Minow
September 13, 2009
The songs and Henson's sensitive portrayal of the woman who has neglected herself and her home keep us involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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