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I Can Do Bad All By Myself
A hard-living nightclub singer discovers the importance of family with the help of a handsome Mexican immigrant in this inspirational comedy drama from writer/director Tyler Perry. When pistol-packing granny Madea (Perry) awakens to the sound of her home being ransacked by wayward teen Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson) and her two younger brothers, she promptly marches the troubled kids over their aunt April's house. But despite being the only relative the kids can turn to, April (Taraji P. Henson) is hardly a role model; a self-destructive songbird with a serious drinking problem, she spends… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"Too pat by a half during the finale, but Tyler Perry shows a maturity as a filmmaker that would pave the way for arguably his best picture, 2010's "For Colored Girls.""
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Perry sticks to his storytelling principles, doing what he does so well."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Taraji P. Henson is the Mary J. Blige of film."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"Narratively and grammatically dim redemption pap."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"Though no one would cite him for the cinematic qualities of his visually pedestrian films, Perry is a master conductor of emotions."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Taraji P. Henson is absolutely staggering and wonderful... this, people, is what inspirational cinema is supposed to look like."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Tyler Perry's latest crackles with electricity, thanks to heaps of boffo acting talent, high-octane musical interludes, and the most easy-to-root-for electrocution scene since Ernest Goes to Jail."
‑ Shaula Clark, Boston Phoenix
"Tyler Perry does good all by himself, but having Henson on board helps."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper, jackiekcooper.com
"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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"I Can Do Bad All By Myself may not be a model of tonal restraint, but it's well acted, it's funny, the music is phenomenal, and the religion is sincere."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Lurches around for nearly two hours before concluding that all its heroine needed all along was a good (and hunky) man and Jesus."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Sometimes-gritty dramedy has some moving moments."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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