For Colored Girls
For Colored Girls (2010)

Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning play exploring the plight of black women makes the leap from stage to screen with this ensemble drama directed by Tyler Perry, and starring Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tyler Perry has assembled a fine cast for this adaptation of the 1975 play, and his heart is obviously in the right place, but his fondness for melodrama cheapens a meaningful story.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Perry has assembled a formidable ensemble, including Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad and, in the most searing cameo, Macy Gray.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Director Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls is a bold example of an artist's reach exceeding his grasp. And it's hard not to applaud his determination and grade for ambition.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Writer/director Tyler Perry is probably used to taking heat from the critics for his films, but he can rest knowing that his latest movie For Colored Girls... is his best film yet. Even though that might not be attributed to his direction or writing.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

For Colored Girls is so shamelessly terrible it would make a great midnight hoot-fest, if you had the stomach to laugh at Shange or some of the best (and most underused) actresses of their generation...

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Perry gets points for persistence, yes, and for ambition. But that's not enuf.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

And yet the film remains strangely watchable, even when it's gone bonkers. Especially when it's gone bonkers.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Ham-handed, obvious, overblown and pretentious, For Colored Girls is a plain disaster.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Shange's words retain their power despite the melodramatic incidents Perry has woven to fill in the spaces between poems, his flat, TV-style direction and the highly variable performances of an all-star cast.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Perry aims high, and doesn't embarrass himself in tackling this iconic but dated play.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Subject matter is extremely grim, so if you don't like sad movies, this isn't one for you, but under all the… More
Thomas Johnston
Troubled situations with a dash of poetry does not a good movie make. These depressing situations only show the desperation of the character's lives.… More
Jennifer Xu
A shockingly compelling melodrama, color me surprised. It really shouldn't have worked, what with all the turgid descents into poetry and blatant attempts… More
Bradley Wright
For Colored Girls is another melodrama from Tyler Perry but in many ways he has changed with this film. Its story and characters would be perfect if Perry did… More
Everett Johnson
I usually like Tyler Perry movies,but this one just didn't work for me..found some of the women were way over the top in their acting,and it was too… More
Jasen LaBorde
Tragic, terrifying and beautifully poetic. āFor Colored Girlsā? is a poetically woven tragedy about the trials and struggles of black women. The movie is based… More