Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. The film may be bad-and mad-but it's not predictable.
  2. An absolute mess with no coherent tone, story or point of view.
  3. 30
    Veers back and forth between indigestibly syrupy romance and vulgar "ethnic" comedy, with healthy doses of Christian proselytizing thrown in for good measure.
  4. Cruelty, church redemption, miraculous healings of limbs and junkie relatives – all have their moments onscreen.
  5. Part female revenge flick, part Saturday Night Live skit, part courtroom drama, and part religious tent revival, this movie never congeals into anything worth watching.
  6. Sure, I laughed. Yes, I cried. But mostly I just wanted to throw up.
  7. 25
    The Grandma is not merely wrong for the movie, but fatal to it -- a writing and casting disaster... I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.
  8. Plenty of mad moviegoers will put this in their diaries as one of the worst pictures in ages.
  9. 25
    Plays like an unwieldy mishmash of "Big Momma's House," "An Unmarried Woman" and "The Burning Bed," with lots of gospel music thrown in.
  10. 20
    The whole three-ring circus winds up in a church for a redemptive finale, but by then, Diary has committed too many sins for even the most generous soul to offer salvation.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 76
  2. Negative: 14 out of 76
  1. Jul 9, 2012
    10
    The critics have done it AGAIN! They have underated another GREAT Perry film! This movie's too good to get such a low score. People who rated this movie low are just JEALOUS just like spike lee is because Tyler Perry makes GREAT films. REMEMBER.....jealousy is a sin!!!!..... Full Review »
  2. melisham
    Jul 31, 2009
    10
    i cried during the sad parts and laughed during the funny parts. things like this do happen to people in reality, and its sad. but this shows ways to deal with it and its also a wonderful family movie, we all loved it and watched it 3 times in a row and have watched it frequently since then. Full Review »
  3. LindaR
    Mar 22, 2009
    10
    I love this movie it make me realize how you could easy forgive a person no matter how they treat you in the long run especially you trying to save your marriage it take two to make it work. Neither spouse have any reason to cheat on each other, that they suppose to follow their wedding vow. Full Review »