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Though Perry's films are hard to defend on aesthetic grounds -- the crazy shifts in tone from operatic melodrama to broad comedy could cause seizures -- it's equally hard to begrudge the underserved audiences who embrace them so passionately.
February 28, 2006
All the while Madea's wit, which is refreshing on the stage, feels spurious and often misfires.
June 21, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy
The dysfunctional script and operatically excessive direction ... land someplace closer to outsider art than bad moviedom.
Let's not sell Tyler Perry short. As the vinegar-witted Madea, he's a drag performer of testy charm, but in his overlit patchwork way he's also making the most primal women's pictures since Joan Crawford flexed her shoulder pads.