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Not Easily Broken
Director Bill Duke steps behind the camera for this adaptation of the T.D. Jakes novel concerning a newly married couple that finds their union threatened by pressures involving faith, family, and finances. As the couple exchanges their vows, the minister lays a cord around them while uttering the blessing, "a threefold cord is not easily broken." Later, during their darkest hour, the minister's advice to always keep God at the center of their marriage could be the only thing that keeps this troubled pair together. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"That's a reasonable message, but it might feel more resonant if the script were a little fairer to both sexes."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out
"[It] has the saving grace of a lively sense of humor that certainly helps the spiritual medicine go down."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"The always immaculate, passionate and soulful Jenifer Lewis -- she could read the words in a phone book and make you feel it. The Hollywood veteran nearly saves the film."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"It has all the philosophical depth of a greetings card message but it's underscored with a nasty little edge of misogyny."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"This is sermonising, not drama, and I suspect I won't be alone in finding it obnoxiously misogynistic."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"'Don't go all Waiting to Exhale on me,' advises one of Clarice's soul sisters late in the film. If only."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Not Easily Broken isn't perfect, but it is persuasive in its portrait of a husband and wife who must decide whether their frayed marriage is worth fighting to save."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"This is glossy, forgettable fare more at home as a TV matinée."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"What should be easily broken is a large china vase over the head of everyone involved in this profoundly creepy, yucky, and chillingly reactionary relationship drama."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"With its sermonising about the importance of being strong in the face of marital adversity - not to mention a sappy voiceover on the nature of suffering - the film feels more like a lecture than a drama."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Laughter through tears is director Bill Duke's M.O., and he hits the bull's-eye of that modest target."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"A well-crafted message picture disguised as soap opera."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It is unspeakably naff, unintentionally funny and unapologetically Christian. Judged on its own terms, it's a resounding success. But for non-believers it will likely prove a living purgatory."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
"Not Easily Broken is 99 long minutes worth of sobbing and hand wringing, with little insight and even less humour. Deadly stuff."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"rather crude, occasionally risible, if never actively dislikeable melodrama."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
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