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I Can Do Bad All By Myself Reviews

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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
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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.
October 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 18, 2009
Perry sticks to his storytelling principles, doing what he does so well.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 15, 2009
Tyler Perry does good all by himself, but having Henson on board helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2009
Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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-
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+
September 13, 2009
A pleasant, if predictable morality play offering a litany of teachable moments certain to resonate with the Born Again demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2009
I Can Do Bad acknowledges Madea's flaws with loving scrutiny, and doesn't require approval of her more selfish attributes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2009
With makeover maven Tyler's repeat reincarnation of Madea/Joe all by himself, the film's got humor, heart and the euphoric musical infusion of a soulful diva or two. But can we save those mandatory raucous religious screamfests for Sunday church already.
September 11, 2009
While Perry is still preaching to the already converted, I Can Do Bad All By Myself confirms that he's finally figured out how to turn said sermonizing into a far more mainstream experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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