Madea Goes to Jail
Madea Goes to Jail (2009)

Tyler Perry transitions another one of his hit plays to the big screen with this adaptation of Madea Goes to Jail. The successful filmmaker stars once again as the mischief-prone older woman whose exploits this time lead her to jail, where… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: June 16, 2009
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Divided between sincere melodrama and populist comedy, Madea Goes to Jail fails to provide enough laughs -- or screen time -- for its titular heroine.

Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

As ridiculous as his films frequently are, Perry, a shrewd yet benevolent showman, knows and loves his audience.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Adapting his own play, Perry has pared the plot way back while giving his law-breaking matriarch more room to run free.

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Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

A half-silly/half-moralistic story about how it is never too late to turn things around, "Madea Goes to Jail" is as wispy as whipped cream, but also as easy to consume.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The women's prison dramedy I wanted never really happens.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Perry brings his own sensibility to every movie he makes and has enjoyed great success by following his own path. But he leaves you wanting more.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A tedious melodrama stuck on top of shrill comedy, and the two parts are both the worse off for the combination.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Perry's playing-to-the-cheap-seats drag shenanigans hijack a morose street melodrama every 15 minutes and haul it into places even Flavor Flav fears to tread.

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

If the movie is a mess, it's a purposeful mess, cannily, if not artfully, pushing all the right buttons to ensure Perry will be back for another round.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

Perry clearly knows what his fans like, and he gives it to them -- by the shovelful. But for those not so tuned to his talents, Madea Goes to Jail is two excruciating hours of hard time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Dead Angel
<b><i>"If they got me got me got me I gotta get them get them get them"</i></b></p> This does have serious matters in… More
Matt Penney
This movie is two different movies haphazardly smashed together. The two stories may have worked better separately, but together they suffer from jarring shifts… More
Rachel F
Tyler Perry can never go wrong.
Jeff Boam
It is not that the appeal of Tyler Perry completely evades this reviewer. The Christian values and well-meaning morals manifest themselves quite plainly, thank… More
Bradley Wright
Madea Goes To Jail is a fun movie for its comedy side, but the dramatic side is as stupid as any Tyler Perry film.
Fascade Fiveoneeight
This was a funny (as usual) movie this time the world famous matriarch goes to the slammer...LOL! See this...it was done in a made for tv type format...I mean… More

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