For Colored Girls Review Roundup: What Do Critics Think Of Tyler Perry's Movie?

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For Colored Girls movie review roundup: Do critics like it?

The “For Colored Girls” reviews are in, and it looks as though critics love the cast of this movie, which includes a lot of talented moms like Phylicia Rashad but they’re not as impressed by the director, the prolific and multi-talented Tyler Perry. Here’s the roundup of “For Colored Girls When the Rainbow Is Not Enough” reviews:

Washington Post: “It’s hard to imagine that any self-respecting man would want to sit through two hours – let alone two minutes – of such caustic man-bashing. With the exception of a single minor character, the men in Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s stage play ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf’ include a rapist (Khalil Kain), a child murderer/wife beater (Michael Ealy), a serial cheater (Richard Lawson) and a closeted gay man who has been dipping into his wife’s bank account without permission (Omari Hardwick).”

Seattle Times: “There are some moving and humorous bits, thanks to actors who damp it down — Rashad, Rose, Devine. But most are encouraged to ferociously over-emote in extreme close-up. They deserve better. So do filmmakers who can offer more complex portraits of modern African-American women, given the chance.” “Every so often things slow down long enough for one of the many fine actresses here to deliver some of Shange’s incantatory free verse. But those moments are separated by Perry’s own writing, full of obvious dialogue and simplified characters. It’s like a handful of sparkling jewels, mounted in a clumsy costume-jewelry necklace.”

Pioneer Press: “It makes sense that Tyler Perry only uses one-quarter of the title of “For Colored Girls” — because his movie only captures about one-quarter of the play. I don’t think that’s completely his fault.”

USA Today: “Where Shange melded poetry, drama and dance to explore black female identity, Perry opts for strained soap opera. Nearly all his creative decisions go wrong.”

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