Madea's Witness Protection Reviews

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Top Critic
A.A. Dowd
Time Out
July 2, 2012
The writer-director-star still hasn't learned to smoothly blend broad comedy and family-values sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
July 6, 2012
There are laughs in it, according to the enthusiastic audience I saw it with, but they're pretty spaced out and belong to Madea. What happens between them is unremarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
June 29, 2012
It might be the worst of the various films in which the writer-producer-director-actor dons the wig, house dress, and fat suit of his titular alter ego. And that's saying a lot! (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 6, 2012
A big step backwards for a star who has better things to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 29, 2012
It wastes the talents of not just Eugene Levy and Doris Roberts but of Perry himself, whose cross-dressing creation Madea has often been the saving comedic grace of Perry's films.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 3, 2012
In short, a real drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Alison Willmore
Movieline
June 29, 2012
I, frankly, was hoping for at least some hair-pulling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Todd Gilchrist
Boxoffice Magazine
June 29, 2012
A broad comedy that marches toward the mainstream further than ever thanks to the casting of, quite frankly, actors white people know
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 29, 2012
A picture that finds Perry channeling the comedies of Jerry Lewis. At least Lewis in his later years of performing. Like The Day the Clown Cried.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 10, 2012
Much of the film doesn't even play as Tyler Perry, but as yet another example in the evergreen "Eugene Levy slumming it for a paycheck" subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 29, 2012
Tyler Perry continues to make movies for his audience. Everyone else be damned.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
July 1, 2012
The mighty Madea preaches, but with less fire this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 29, 2012
As the incredibly awkward title suggests, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection is less a movie than it is an exercise in product branding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
July 17, 2012
The frantic seventh installment in this highly successful comedy franchise is filled with throwaway gags and self-conscious scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 1, 2012
Reviewing a Tyler Perry movie is a bit like reviewing the weather report.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jennifer Miller
Hollywood.com
July 2, 2012
Perry's writing shows a disturbing amount of cynicism, if not downright meanness, for a family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2012
Tyler Perry doesn't have to make sense, or a have a point. He's laughing all the way to the bank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
June 29, 2012
Tyler Perry brings the same persona that his fans come to expect, but the tone is fairly light on the laughs and short on the entertainment value. Madea's back, but Perry needs to write better material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
December 10, 2013
Unambitious and evaporates almost as rapidly as it plays out, but at least it knows what it is and only has one aim: to divert viewers for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2012
A spectacularly slapdash and wearingly half-hearted effort from the prolific writer-director-actor, lacking energy, structure or common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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