Madea's Family Reunion Reviews

March 10, 2006
Nothing that happens seems the least bit believable, and everything is brash and loud. All that's missing is the laugh track.
March 7, 2006
Perry's vaudevillian shamelessness and indifference to committee-approved taste are energizing and frequently jaw-dropping.
March 7, 2006
Tyler Perry's heart is in the right place, but he still has a tin ear.
March 3, 2006
At times it feels as if Perry made three separate films, dumped them in a blender and hit the puree button.
March 1, 2006
Let's not sell Tyler Perry short. As the vinegar-witted Madea, he's a drag performer of testy charm, but in his overlit patchwork way he's also making the most primal women's pictures since Joan Crawford flexed her shoulder pads.
February 28, 2006
Though Perry's films are hard to defend on aesthetic grounds -- the crazy shifts in tone from operatic melodrama to broad comedy could cause seizures -- it's equally hard to begrudge the underserved audiences who embrace them so passionately.
February 27, 2006
Family Reunion doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or a drama and ends up as mostly a melodrama with scenes that would be embarrassing on a soap opera.
February 27, 2006
This movie's trailers promise a slapstick comedy about an obese black woman who takes no guff and enjoys beating people up. It isn't exactly, and that's a disappointment.
February 27, 2006
Goodwilled? Sure. Good filmmaking? Lord no.
February 27, 2006
Too bad the story is so predictable and the big wedding scene, in which women dressed as angels dangle from the church ceiling strumming harps, is cornier than an Orville Redenbacher factory.
February 27, 2006
Like horror flicks or family films, Tyler Perry's Madea movies -- based on his enormously successful plays -- are a genre unto themselves, which means one thing: Either you are going to see them or you are not, and no review will change your mind.
February 27, 2006
Brimming with cliches, Madea, like Diary, has an undeniable appeal, for those who can stick with it, in its earnest and unfashionable conviction.
February 27, 2006
A generally enjoyable mess.
February 27, 2006
Some parts of Tyler Perry's new movie are better than others -- and all of it is better than Diary of a Mad Black Woman, his last one.
February 24, 2006
Anyone curious about all the fuss surrounding Perry is advised to track down a DVD of one of his stage productions; Madea, his big mama, is not working on the big screen.
February 24, 2006
For his revolutionist's passion and for allowing Tyson to once again fill the screen with her glory, Tyler Perry is my new hero.
February 24, 2006
The heavily melodramatic tone that predominates throughout much of the pic could have used more leavening with comic relief.
February 24, 2006
There's a ragged road-show texture to Madea's Family Reunion, which, along with the rest of the movie, would be easy to dismiss if one didn't suspect that it might be calculated.
February 24, 2006
I'm just not on the guest list.
February 23, 2006
No question, Tyler Perry knows what he's doing, and he's doing it better with each movie.