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Madea Goes to Jail Reviews

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Dustin Putman
November 26, 2013
A half-silly/half-moralistic story about how it is never too late to turn things around, "Madea Goes to Jail" is as wispy as whipped cream, but also as easy to consume.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 10, 2012
A tedious melodrama stuck on top of shrill comedy, and the two parts are both the worse off for the combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Perry clearly knows what his fans like, and he gives it to them -- by the shovelful. But for those not so tuned to his talents, Madea Goes to Jail is two excruciating hours of hard time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 3, 2009
Madea's antics held me captive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clay Cane
July 3, 2009
Madea is the antithesis of the moralistic soapbox Perry's movies stand on, which is why she is usually the enjoyable ingredient in his films.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 11, 2009
if it doesn't work quite as well as some of Tyler Perry's previous efforts, it certainly isn't for lack of trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
March 3, 2009
I like Tyler Perry's movies best when the character of Medea isn't in them.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
March 1, 2009
Perry knows what his fans want (that would be Madea) and so his fans should be well-pleased by his latest film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 27, 2009
It is, in short, not nearly as funny as Madea's Family Reunion, Perry's benchmark for freewheeling, low humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
February 26, 2009
Pulliam lends the material emotional shadings that Perry does not write into the script himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 26, 2009
[Tyler Perry's] talent, however heedless and untidy, is's clear that he can make better movies than Madea Goes to Jail. The pity is that, with the enthusiastic audience he's already found, he may never feel the need to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Monika Fabian
Time Out Chicago
February 26, 2009
The predictable, even absurd twists that the movie takes to reach its happily-ever-after conclusion are amusing, as are the smart-ass quips and disposition of Perry's popular alter ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 25, 2009
As ridiculous as his films frequently are, Perry, a shrewd yet benevolent showman, knows and loves his audience.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 24, 2009
Hokey and ham-fisted, cheaply made and appallingly edited. Even good actors like Derek Luke and Viola Davis are at a loss to get past the dialogue and the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
February 24, 2009
Two movies for the price of one, but the comedy smashed against the drama makes the whole thing less entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
February 24, 2009
King of all media Tyler Perry gives fans what they want: irreverent, pistol-packin' big momma Madea, who's going to make those confused, disrespectful young people see sense if she has to slap it into them.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 23, 2009
The women's prison dramedy I wanted never really happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 23, 2009
Perry's playing-to-the-cheap-seats drag shenanigans hijack a morose street melodrama every 15 minutes and haul it into places even Flavor Flav fears to tread.
Full Review | Original Score: c+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 23, 2009
Adapting his own play, Perry has pared the plot way back while giving his law-breaking matriarch more room to run free.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 23, 2009
Perry brings his own sensibility to every movie he makes and has enjoyed great success by following his own path. But he leaves you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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