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  • Summary: For Colored Girls brings to the screen Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning play, a poetic exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world. (The Tyler Perry Company)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 10 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 4, 2010
    100
    The effect is like watching an opera without music. Or a musical drama in which no one sings. These departures from a realistic convention never feel like static set pieces - that's the great success of the film and of the poems themselves.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 13, 2010
    75
    A long wallow in misery and, after a while, the pain morphs into polemic.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Nov 4, 2010
    65
    Perry weaves together not just the individual stories but their arcs, sustaining the emotional tenor across the progress of nine lives.
  4. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nov 10, 2010
    50
    Though he has stepped up his game, Perry's plainspoken, unsubtle aesthetic is an uncomfortable match for the fragility of Shonge's speeches, and scenes abruptly switch between the language of Perry's scripted continuity sequences and sudden poetic soliloquies.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Nov 4, 2010
    42
    There's no right way to do an adaptation, particularly a difficult-to-adapt work like this, but there are plenty of wrong ways, and Perry's film offers a casebook of things-not-to-do.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 4, 2010
    38
    Kimberly Elise gives the best performance as a beleaguered woman with an abusive boyfriend (Michael Ealy).
  7. 20
    He (Perry) has taken Shange's landmark poem cycle for seven African-American actresses, cut it up, and sewn its bloody entrails into a tawdry, masochistic soap opera that exponentially ups the "Precious" ante.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Nov 7, 2010
    10
    This film takes its viewer on a journey through every one of their emotions. I left the theatre with a rare feeling of satisfaction. I wasn't left with a longing for answers or the nagging curiosity of whats next. The film and its characters in a sense provided its viewers with a full coarse meal with the indepth discussions that carried on after standing as a sweet desert. Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    Ok this is not Tyler Perry's movie this is an adaptation of a choreopoem a broadway hit that hit the stage is the 70's Please stop with the whining about man bashing comments the movie nor the play was about men it was about the abuses of women! I think that he did a goog job considering the source to take a choreopoem and translate it to the screen is not easy..Please read the original. In the play I don't think the characters had names they were identified by colors. The abuses that the women in this play faced happens everyday...I see it on the news everyone of them with the exception of the back alley abortion. Tyler Perry heart is dark...well he was abused so maybe that's why he is so open to bringing abuse to the forefront. As far as someone not liking the title well the play is called For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuff research Ntazke Shange and see why her heart is so dark and why she titled her choreopoem that. Tyler Perry good job Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2012
    10
    This movie is for people who like hardcore drama movies. If you don't like drama then don't watch it. Its that simple! This movie is very well written with a serious, and realistic plot that delivers. This movie demonstrates why Tyler Perry is so wealthy...BECAUSE HIS MOVIES ARE ART! This movie is heart-wrenching, realistic, entertaining, and captivating! The ONLY movies that can make me cry are Lion King and Tyler Perry films, and this is one of them. I also love Janet in this film, never knew she could act so well! Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2010
    9
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  5. Jan 1, 2011
    7
    First let me say I'm a black 25 y/o male and I think Tyler Perry is hit or miss. The best work I've seen from him is The Family That Preys and his Madea movies being stereotypical crap. So with that said I like this movie. The best are the performances with a special nod to Phylicia Rashad and Thandie Newton. Another great thing was the story or stories were well paced and nothing was to preachy though a few small elements were a little trite. Namely the problems with the lady in red. Though not bad just didn't feel as strong or important. The downside is Tyler Perry does not balance well with his movies and they always seem so one-sided. The men in this movie aren't bashed so much as they are givin no character. They are merely statues used as a jump-off point for the female characters. Now the play is older than me and I understand there were no male characters. But I feel that as a film, if they are going to be there, they should be givin more to work with. This is still a good overall movie that works with was is being presented. Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2010
    4
    This is a classic case of a film that is filled with some really great acting, but the director's lack of knowing how to deal with the source material interfering with the quality of the film. The cast is immensely talented, with Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, and Loretta Devine being the major standouts. Though there are two major missteps (Whoopi Goldberg and Thandie Newton), almost everyone in the cast is just lovely. However, the film itself is just a jumbled mess of awkward insertions of poetry and monologues that just doesn't work. Tyler Perry's style just doesn't mix well with the feminist musing that the film is supposed to be, and he gets in the way of some great performances. Expand
  7. Nov 7, 2010
    0
    This movie is a waste of time energy and money. Black men being bashed and Black women looking like the weaker being.. Me as a black man left the movie theater feeling like we have taken a step back with his last two movies. He needs to find what is making his heart so dark and learn to live with it, but make it a positive aspect in life.I can't do this anymore with his movies. I left the theater with mostly caucasian looking at me like " I am so sorry." This is not the life I live by no means so I can't relate to the movie, but in the future make a ending that shows life gets better don't just have a party and leave it at that. There is a problem and a solution to things. this was by far garbage. Expand

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