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Madea's Family Reunion
Actor and playwright Tyler Perry returns as Madea, a brash but loving African-American grandmother with her own way of doing things in this screen adaptation of his popular stage comedy drama. Madea has her work cut out for her when she finds herself dealing with a handful of family crises the same weekend that she's planned a massive family reunion. Her niece Lisa (Rochelle Aytes) is engaged to marry a handsome and successful man (Blair Underwood), but the good news is blunted when she reveals to her friends that he beats her. Another niece, Vanessa (Lisa Anderson), has been having… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nothing that happens seems the least bit believable, and everything is brash and loud. All that's missing is the laugh track."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"At times it feels as if Perry made three separate films, dumped them in a blender and hit the puree button."
‑ Christy Lemire, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Tyler Perry means well, but there is no denying that all of this would work far better on daytime television."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"If there's one thing that Reunion doesn't lack, it's good intentions. Unfortunately, good intentions don't automatically guarantee a good movie."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"While not nearly as offensive or dim-witted as Diary, this one's still a gigantic mess."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Perry's vaudevillian shamelessness and indifference to committee-approved taste are energizing and frequently jaw-dropping."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The dysfunctional script and operatically excessive direction ... land someplace closer to outsider art than bad moviedom."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A Tyler Perry tour de force!"
‑ Kam Williams,
"It's interesting that nobody ever connects the dots between Madea's frequent corporal punishment of children (which is presented as instructive comedy) and the abusive grownups who function as Perry's villains."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Tyler Perry's heart is in the right place, but he still has a tin ear."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"All the while Madea's wit, which is refreshing on the stage, feels spurious and often misfires."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"Although his work isn't high art and is occasionally problematic, he's telling stories that aren't often told. And for that, this black woman can't be too mad at him."
‑ LaTonya Taylor, Christianity Today
"Perry is a shameless panderer and his movie is cliché-ridden, rudimentary, completely unfocused and about as subtle as a wind-breaking contest in church."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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