Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013)

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Critic Consensus: It boasts a few laughs, but overall, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas ranks among Perry's least entertaining or substantive works.

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Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they'll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all. (c) Lionsgate
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PG-13 (for sexual references, crude humor and language)
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Comedy
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Cast

Tyler Perry
as Madea
Eric Lively
as Connor
Alicia Witt
as Amber
Lisa Whelchel
as Nancy Porter
J.R. Lemon
as Oliver
Noah Urrea
as Bailey
Julie Ann Doan
as Customer 1
Vickie Eng
as Customer 2
Whitney Christopher
as Supervisor
Steve Boles
as Mayor
Clay Chappell
as Parent 2
Heather Moore
as Reporter
Sweet Brown
as Herself
Michael H. Cole
as Business Owner
Bart Hansard
as Country Lawyer
Antoine Dodson
as YouTube Guy
Michael "Mike Pain" Davidson
as Country Store Owner
Doug Price
as Band
Ana Rodriguez
as Choir Singer
Diego Wren
as Choir Singer
Emma Callicutt
as Choir Singer
Evie Brady
as Choir Singer
Evie Richardson
as Choir Singer
Gideon Davinsky
as Choir Singer
Isabelle Hanna
as Choir Singer
Keith Tinaglia
as Choir Singer
Lily Kostka
as Choir Singer
Matthew Boulis
as Choir Singer
Sam Henderson
as Choir Singer
Ana Paola Rodríguez
as Choir Singer
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Critic Reviews for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (17)

Larry the Cable Guy and Madea are an oddly perfect pairing. They're both comedians in drag - Larry just gets to wear pants

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The same slapdash, lightweight effort as Madea in any other season, with a few Yuletide flourishes.

Full Review… | December 15, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Slapdash, with dialogue and plot points that were cliches in Dickens' era, the pic sends up, then reaffirms, all the values the media sell us each holiday: compassion, forgiveness, tolerance.

Full Review… | December 15, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The humor seems sour and perfunctory from the start.

December 15, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

When Madea is onscreen, at least you know what universe you are in, and there is something interesting and insane to watch. Otherwise, you are thrust into an abyss of meaninglessness ...

Full Review… | December 15, 2013
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

You can see, and hear, the clanking of his melodramatic machinery - the gears and pulleys of emotion - but by the time the movie is over, you've been wedged into those gears; they have you.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

Only in movies are christians minorities and christianity isn't the dominant religion in the entirety of the United States. And, of course, not to mention the fact that they like to pretend that christianity is the only religion that matters and all others shouldn't be celebrated. I believe all religions are nonsense, but, in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with wishing someone a happy holiday instead of merry christmas. It just shows that there's far more diversity than there was in the country before, with people coming from various backgrounds and religions. So not EVERYONE is gonna celebrate the same thing during the holidays. This sort of intolerant 'my religion is more important than yours and I will let you know it' is simply an unacceptable message. But I'm not gonna get into a whole rant of the hypocrisy of christians because I won't end up reviewing this movie at all. It's all very ironic because the film, in a monologue by Kim, Conner's mother, to Eileen after she finds out her daughter is married to a white man, she makes it a point to say that the world has changed for the better. How there are more open hearts and open minds. That cognitive dissonance doe, as the kids would say. Tyler Perry is at odds with his own writing. Then again, nobody will ever accuse Tyler Perry of being a talented writer. Nobody will ever confuse his movies with truly great works of art. This movie is no different, of course. Look, the Madea character is amusing, even if it is an offensive racial stereotype, but I will never say that Tyler Perry doesn't do a good job as the character. I may not like the character at all, or Tyler Perry's movies even more so, but the guy is good at it. He adds a life and energy to the film that is hard to deny. Of course, the problem is the fact that he often sticks Madea in the background so other characters, and their terrible stories, can take the spotlight. I'm not saying a movie solely centered on Madea getting up to her antics would be any better, but it couldn't get any worse. The story in this film is horrendous, truly. Tyler Perry just doesn't know how to write drama, yet he keeps trying, hard as he might, to force dramatic stories around the Madea character, so she can give advice or whatever. Lacey, a black woman, marries Connor, a white man. Lacey knows her mother, Eileen, would disapprove so she keeps it hidden from her while letting her believe that Connor is just the farm help. Things get complicated once Connor's parents come to visit and Eileen starts to treat them, and Connor, like dog shit. It's really as bad as it sounds. Yet, and somehow, since Tyler Perry writes like he's the show-runner of a soap opera, this is one of his least "interesting" films in recent memory. Its message and moral is certainly heavy-handed, as is typical in Tyler Perry movies, but this feels like a special Christmas episode of one of Tyler's own TV series. It has that kind of quality of writing, acting, and cinematography. It's just not that good to be perfectly honest, not to mention that this was probably stretched out past its probably one hour running time. One thing was surprising though, Tyler Perry's and Larry the Cable Guy's, both of whom I don't really like that much, especially Larry, who's incredibly unfunny in my opinion, have some decent chemistry together. They crack some lame jokes together, racial jokes and whatnot, it's exactly what you'd expect, but there's a certain chemistry between them that's noticeable. If only the jokes between them were better. That's not to say there aren't some decent moments. Madea insulting people can lead to some amusing results. Though, unfortunately, the PG-13 setting sort of has her hold back on how truly cruel she could be. Then again, Tyler Perry wants to make something the entire family can sit down and enjoy. He has his audience, that's for sure, and he knows how to cater to their wants and needs. Cater is simply too nice of a word, he panders to them in the most shameless way possible. He's the only one that's truly making films for the black community, at least he's the most prominent and prolific filmmaker as of this moment. Independent films dealing with the real struggle blacks suffer through only find a small audience. And I get it, black people have it hard enough as it is in the United States, so they don't want to see films that tell them how hard they truly have it, because they already live it every day. Tyler Perry takes advantage of that with his films. It'd be one thing if his films were good, but none of his films that I've seen have been any good. I'm talking about the movies he's had a creative involvement in, JJ Abrams' Star Trek does not count. And I only stick with the Madea movies, because his other efforts just look even more terrible to me. I'm not a big fan of his melodramatic, soap opera storytelling. If it was campy enough that you'd get some unintentional laughs out of it, then it'd be one thing, but even that is missing. I'm not gonna get into a big rant about how bad Tyler Perry's movies are. But if you were a Madea fan before this film, then this gives you more of what you expect. He's preaching to the choir, essentially. Those unconverted simply won't find anything to like here. It's really quite bad honestly.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

½

Good Tyler Perry movie. Standard in addressing important issues yet still makes you laugh. I really enjoyed it.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

Super Reviewer

"Peeples" was bad, "Temptation" was a hilarious atrocity, but "A Madea Christmas" ends the 2013 Tyler Perry Stink-Pile Trilogy with a bang.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

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