Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. It's probably the impresario's best-made movie yet, his most joyful, and his most moving.
  2. A double shot of Saturday-night lowdown chased by a cheery chug of Sunday-morning uplift.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It’s the best Tyler Perry movie to date - the writer/director/actor/mogul’s most confident and competent mixture of uplifting black middle-class melodrama and low-down comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    70
    What works best, though, is that it's practically an R&B/gospel musical.
  5. 67
    With Bad, Perry is savvy enough to let riveting musical numbers by ringers like Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige--along with Henson’s deeply empathetic performance--carry the film’s feverish emotions more than his characteristically ham-fisted screenplay.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    60
    Part musical, part love story, part family melodrama, part inspirational treacle, Tyler Perry's latest movie, I Can Do Bad All by Myself is something of an unholy mess. Alternately stupefying and entertaining, the film does benefit from a strong cast.
  7. Perry also spices things up with two of his most reliable fallbacks: music, and Madea. Having packed his cast with singers, he allows them all a moment to shine, with songs that deliver his patented lessons (trust in yourself, trust in others, trust in God).
  8. Mr. Perry has his moviemaking machine running smoothly, which is to say somewhat predictably.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    60
    Perry's latest emotional roller coaster starts with considerable promise and a high-wattage cast, including Taraji P. Henson and singers Gladys Knight and Mary J. Blige, before giving way to melodramatic predictability.
  10. This latest offering continues a trend toward increasingly mature moviemaking from the actor/writer/director.
  11. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    30
    Has so many dead moments that singing spots by Gladys Knight, Pastor Marvin Winans and Mary J. Blige simply highlight, rather than alleviate, the inertia.
  12. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    30
    Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    20
    The laughs, meanwhile, are delivered by cross-dressing Perry’s sassy grandma Madea, whose wild threats of violence to children and adults alike are the only things that sporadically lighten up this narratively and grammatically dim redemption pap.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  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 »