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Based on 13 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 55 )
  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though he plays two other roles, Perry only really cuts loose when he dons Madea's housecoat, turning her into a devilishly funny voice of reason. Likewise, the movie tenses up when she's offscreen, becoming the sort of moralistic soap opera we've seen from Perry before. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    For all its staleness, the melodramatic main story does contain enough good acting and resonant scenes. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    If the movie is a mess, it's a purposeful mess, cannily, if not artfully, pushing all the right buttons to ensure Perry will be back for another round. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    There is, however, Viola Davis, who might win an Oscar tomorrow for her one scene in "Doubt." Her part here - a minister combing the street for crack-whores to rescue - is about three times as large. show more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle

    I've been watching movies my entire life, and I can honestly say I've never been more confused in a theatre than I was while watching Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    It's a tale soggy with the kind of race/class lessons that Madea, the director-star's battle-ax alter ego, doles out far more handily (and entertainingly) in a single church-lady-from-hell zinger. show more

  • 70
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Quicker on the uptake than any of Eddie Murphy's fat ladies, quicker even than Flip Wilson's Geraldine Jones. show more

  • 60
    Philip Kennicott Washington Post

    Both slapstick and social drama, and it is certainly the most confident mix of the two that Perry has managed to achieve with this particular part of his vast media franchise. show more

  • 50
    Stephanie Zacharek

    It's great that Perry has seized opportunity for himself and for the performers he employs. But has he succeeded only in creating a kind of ghetto for black-themed entertainment that's of sub-par quality -- one that, admittedly, makes him a lot of money? show more

  • 50
    L.A. Weekly

    Check off all of Perry’s motifs: vilification of the black bourgie princess, tough-love Christian messages, Academy Award–nominated actresses (Viola Davis, this time) managing to maintain their dignity. show more

  • September 17, 2010 justinitalianmb
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    I went in thinking that it was going to be a fun comedy but it was nothing but another Tyler Perry drama about a guy trying to help a hooker.Madea going to jail became nothing but a subplot.There were a few funny moments but they are few and far between.

  • September 26, 2009 Rean Rossier
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    This movie was pretty good I love the charector's a lot! but It did slow down a bit but I still enjoyed this movie.

  • June 20, 2009 Jbjetedwards
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    worst movie ever!!! i thought i was going to be watching a comedy and it ended up being a mix of comedy drama that doesn't mix.

  • June 15, 2009 Eeanderson17
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    I think the movies was good. It shows how people should treat one another and stop putting down people because of bad choices. Everyone can change their lives and become whatever they want. Tyler show positive stories to make you see yourself and family/friends that are doing wrong. Try to help and give honest/positive help to others.

  • April 05, 2009 Mary
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    Madea, looking forward to seeing more of you on screen in "I can Do Bad All By Myself.""

  • March 17, 2009 MistieCook
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    I was a bit disappointed in this movie only because I thought it was going to be just nonstop laughter. This was more of a drama than a comedy. You have to love Madea because she keeps it real. Instead of me laughing I found myself reaching for some napkins to wipe away the tears. And all I kept hearing was this movie is funny funny funny. Not!!!! I give props to Tyler Perry for keeping the black experience in a positive light.

  • March 14, 2009 noel0333
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    Walked out after 20 minutes. Terrible acting, mixed-up story line. One minute poor comedy the next a hooker is being beat up. On a rating of 1 to 10, this movie wouldn't even meet a 1 rating. Whoever rated this movie good must have a warped sense of humor.

  • March 07, 2009 Pribb1
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    A really enjoyable movie. I never try to analyze a movie as to acting, plot, whatever. I just judge a movie on how well it entertained me. I enjoyed this one immensely. The scenes where Madea was meeting with Dr. Phil for anger counseling was a hoot. I haven't laughed that hard at a movie in a long time.

  • March 04, 2009 Cking2521
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    Bad movie. Not convinced of girl playing hooker and that was the nicest prison you will ever see!! Get real Tyler. Da King

  • March 03, 2009 big26bar
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    A film full of intelligence and humor, Tyler Perry clearly knows how to entertain while getting across important mesages about humanity and caring. This is truly a feel good movie with a great deal to say between some genuine belly laughs. After Dairy of a Mad Black Woman and this film, I can't wait for the next "Madea" installment.

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