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  • 38
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Comedy characters change and grow. Sometimes, as we see in Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, they become so much like old relatives that their edge is gone. show more

  • 20
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The clunky narrative doesn’t ring true for a second, and the hackneyed dialogue is even worse. show more

  • 65
    Laremy Legel

    One terrible sub-plot away from being a legitimately good movie. show more

  • 38
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    It’s a Christmas nightmare, stuck with two obnoxious relatives who think they’re funny, and won’t shut up. show more

  • 38
    Sheila O'Malley

    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 and plot-heavy maneuvering overlaid with Christian propaganda that wears out its welcome with the first line of exposition. show more

  • 25
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    A lump of cinematic coal Perry’s shoving into America’s stockings this holiday season. show more

  • 60
    Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic

    A Madea Christmas, for all its narrative shortcomings, also has plenty of laughs. show more

  • 20
    Time Out New York

    The film is a string of dawdling sitcom scenarios and saccharine messages, cobbled together with star wipes pulled straight out of a Walmart commercial. show more

  • NA
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    A Madea Christmas belongs to a rancid strain of Yuletide trifles that feature awful people being terrible to each other for 90 minutes under the sway of insulting plot contrivances before the awfulness is climactically washed away in an avalanche of holiday sentimentality. show more

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