Diary of a Mad Black Woman
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Diary of a Mad Black Woman
A woman has to learn how to love and trust men all over again in this comedy drama. Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise) would seem to have it all -- she's been married for 18 years to Charles (Steve Harris), and over the course of their time together, he's become one of Atlanta's most successful attorneys. But despite wealth and prestige, things are not as they should be at the McCarter home, and on their anniversary, Charles drops a bombshell on Helen -- he's divorcing her for another woman. Escorted out of the house with nowhere to go, Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's never less than watchable, a bizarre hybrid that somehow works as a whole, even though its various components don't mesh."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Raucous and overwrought, the movie is still a hoot to watch and even more fun to talk back to."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Syrupy drama -- not much here for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A satisfying end, but it takes a lot of work -- and a lot of suspended disbelief -- to get there."
‑ LaTonya Taylor, Christianity Today
"This is a film that's gone way beyond the realm of bad, past disaster. This one's in the area of all-time grand mistakes."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a cheap melodrama that presses all the right sentimental buttons."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It is a film full of jagged edges, but one that is sincere and beguiling at its core."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"In an extremely strange genre combo, inner city gross out comedy meets evangelical passion play in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"This bizarre movie is many things--a celebration of Christian values, a drag act, a drug plunge, a soap opera, a sitcom revenge fantasy."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"This movie really touched upon an aspect of black life that we can all identify with. More realistic then all of these ghettofied movies that have been presented as representation of black life previously."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"Perry doesn't have any delusions of artistry, and potentially, at least, that's refreshing. But any points he earns for lack of pretense are immediately gobbled up by his lack of subtlety."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"[Jams] together not two but three separate genres that probably should have remained that way."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"What ruins this revenge flick is Madea's boorish, bull in the china store act reminiscent of the sassy black woman stereotype popularized by Sanford and Son's Aunt Esther. Loud and ignorant, Medea tends to trivialize every scene."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"As a comedy this movie works. As a love story, the movie contains no sparks. The dialogue is stilted and unnatural, which belittles the drama."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"...a passion play with a guy in drag (who could ask for anything more?)..."
‑ Lance Goldenberg, Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
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