When Madea (Tyler Perry) catches three siblings looting her home, she delivers the youths to their boozy aunt (Taraji P. Henson), who is sorely in need of an attitude adjustment.
" Though no one would cite him for the cinematic qualities of his visually pedestrian films, Perry is a master conductor of emotions. "
" Tyler Perry's latest hodgepodge has its moments. "
" By shoving half a dozen songs -- gospel, funk and soul -- into the film, Perry shows he still hasn't mastered pace and learned to sacrifice scenes to make his movies faster and smoother. "
" Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably. "
" Narratively and grammatically dim redemption pap. "
" After a summer of phony, pasty rom-coms, do this: See a movie where old-fashioned notions of love, faith, strength, and the possibility of redemption are taken seriously. "
" If the Atlanta impresario is just bored with cranking out two adaptations a year of his earlier stage work, the audience is getting restless, too. "
" It's the best Tyler Perry movie to date -- the writer/director/actor/mogul's most confident and competent mixture of uplifting black middle-class melodrama and low-down comedy. "
" It is easy to knock the Tyler Perry formula, but you have to give the man credit: He knows how to create meaty roles for women. "
" Like a chef who keeps making the same recipe over and over, Tyler Perry has found his strength and he's sticking to it. "
" There are absolutely no surprises in store, plot-wise, though Perry's approach has always been to rework familiar narrative conventions in such a way as to reaffirm key values. "
" Unashamedly fond of mixing messages of vengeance and piety, Perry nevertheless manages to reduce the tonal whiplash, so that this newest entry glides a little more easily from broad laughs to teary anguish and finally sweeping uplift. "
" Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork, this latest from chitlin' circuit impressario Tyler Perry is just a fat slab of ecstatic entertainment. "
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