Not Easily Broken Reviews

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May 6, 2011
April 17, 2009
That's a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes.
April 17, 2009
It has all the philosophical depth of a greetings card message but it's underscored with a nasty little edge of misogyny.
April 17, 2009
What should be easily broken is a large china vase over the head of everyone involved in this profoundly creepy, yucky, and chillingly reactionary relationship drama.
January 15, 2009
'Don't go all Waiting to Exhale on me,' advises one of Clarice's soul sisters late in the film. If only.
January 14, 2009
Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target.
January 9, 2009
[It] has the saving grace of a lively sense of humor that certainly helps the spiritual medicine go down.
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken isn't perfect, but it is persuasive in its portrait of a husband and wife who must decide whether their frayed marriage is worth fighting to save.
January 9, 2009
Why go for imitation Tyler Perry when the master is so industrious? Perry's next one should be along in about 10 minutes.
January 9, 2009
It turns out, though, that a woman can save any marriage with a little home cooking and extra sex.
January 9, 2009
It's as simplistic, reductive, and heavy-handed as Deep Cover was gloriously ambiguous.
January 9, 2009
Like some marriages, it has its flaws, but perhaps it's the good stuff that's worth focusing on.
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken is well-acted and involving, though this relationship drama may put some people off with its overt sentimentality and moralizing.
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken exerts an unmistakable appeal, thanks to an absorbing story and fine performances from Morris Chestnut and Taraji P. Henson.
January 9, 2009
A queasy mix of comedy, melodrama, and self-help spirituality.
Top Critic
January 9, 2009
For most of Not Easily Broken, I wondered why the movie wasn't worse. Then I remembered it was directed by the veteran Bill Duke, who applies ample TLC.
January 9, 2009
The pigeonholed characters constrict Chestnut and the usually good Henson from portraying fully developed adults; the same dilemma hits most of the supporting cast.
January 9, 2009
Not Easily Broken is not easily dismissed. For one thing, the cast is excellent, and for another, its intentions are serious and generous.
January 8, 2009
Remarkably the movie, like the couple at its center, isn't easily broken.
January 8, 2009
It's predictable but ultimately moving; a glimpse of a bond near-broken yet straining to become whole again.
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