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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
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Monika Fabian
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kit Bowen
September 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
August 3, 2009
Madea's antics held me captive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 23, 2009
Crowd-pleasing African-American filmmaker Tyler Perry has been heralded as an entrepreneur, a populist, and an expert on the wants of female audiences, but none of that would have been possible if he weren't also an expert drag performer.
Eric D. Snider
February 21, 2009
Heaven help me, this Madea character is starting to grow on me.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
February 20, 2009
Perry's silly beyond 'belief' born again bully pulpit is thankfully upstaged by his former plus size stripper bully protagonist. But the big treat is anger shrink sessions with Dr. Phil, no less, though Madea/Perry's gender grudges get a pass.
Wilson Morales
February 20, 2009
Tyler Perry has brought back the zest in the character that made him a household name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
February 20, 2009
Tyler Perry continues to preach to the choir with his entertaining albeit stereotype-laced blend of melodrama and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kam Williams
February 20, 2009
Tyler Perry's best endeavor to date!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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