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Madea Goes to Jail
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 she befriends and reforms a prostitute named Candy (The Cosby Show's Keshia Knight Pulliam). ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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"As ridiculous as his films frequently are, Perry, a shrewd yet benevolent showman, knows and loves his audience."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"Adapting his own play, Perry has pared the plot way back while giving his law-breaking matriarch more room to run free."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Madea's antics held me captive."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"I like Tyler Perry's movies best when the character of Medea isn't in them."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"The women's prison dramedy I wanted never really happens."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A tedious melodrama stuck on top of shrill comedy, and the two parts are both the worse off for the combination."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Madea is the antithesis of the moralistic soapbox Perry's movies stand on, which is why she is usually the enjoyable ingredient in his films."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"Perry knows what his fans want (that would be Madea) and so his fans should be well-pleased by his latest film."
‑ Sean McBride, Sean the Movie Guy
"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"if it doesn't work quite as well as some of Tyler Perry's previous efforts, it certainly isn't for lack of trying."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It is, in short, not nearly as funny as Madea's Family Reunion, Perry's benchmark for freewheeling, low humour."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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