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Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family
Adapted from the multi-talented playwright/filmmaker's hit stage play of the same name, Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family finds the cantankerous family matriarch using her unique brand of tough love to help her family weather some particularly rough waters. Madea's niece Shirley has received a frightening medical diagnosis, and she's having a hard time figuring out how to break the news to the rest of the family. Unfortunately she's not the only one in the midst of a crisis, either: Kimberly is suffering from anger issues that are threatening to destroy her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like most of Perry's movies, this one oscillates wildly and shamelessly between raunch and pathos, leaving plenty of room for the performers to work. The lively ensemble includes a scene-stealing Cassi Davis as pothead Aunt Bam."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Reader
"If Perry gets on your wavelength, you can forgive him too. He's only the host at a home-cooked banquet of wild emotions."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
""Madea's Big Happy Family" is a facetious title; there's not a happy one in the bunch. Eventually, neither is the viewer."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Deathbed scenes and colonoscopy humor, Bible quotations and Maury Povich "Who Is the Real Baby Daddy" episodes: All cohabit with equal relevance in the world of Tyler Perry."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"I've been waiting patiently for Perry to make a Madea film that suits my tastes and I think this is the one."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Epitomizing the shrill franchise's schizophrenic tonal shifts, Madea metes out Christian life lessons with one hand -- and righteously bitch-slaps with the other."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out New York
""Madea's Big Happy Family'' nonsensically knots the spiritual and the salacious, asking gossipy questions then giving pulpit answers so that the movie is wonderfully, woefully absurd."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The odd thing about Tyler Perry is that just when you think he may be turning a corner and evolving, he goes into retrograde."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"... Tyler Perry goes to the Madea well once too often and comes up dry."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Madea's Big Happy Family is probably Perry's best film to date."
‑ Grae Drake, Movies.com
"The title is meant to be ironic. Too bad irony is in such short supply in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family. Sadly, subtlety is also missing."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Perry possesses a superb ear for the themes and emotions that connect him to his core audience, and that's on display again here, though the unconverted might grumble that the movie's many riffs and rants feel recycled from previous offerings."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"Perry's performance of Madea [feels] flatter and more strained than he ever has in the role."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Comedy is comedy, and "terminal illness" is "terminal illness" and the two really shouldn't meet. What you end up with is a movie that's literally as funny as cancer."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"This "Madea" feels like the best "Madea" yet."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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