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  • Summary: After a high-speed freeway chase puts Madea in front of the judge, her reprieve is short-lived as anger management issues get the best of her and land her in jail. A gleeful Joe couldn't be happier at Madea's misfortune. But Madea's eccentric family members the Browns rally behind her,After a high-speed freeway chase puts Madea in front of the judge, her reprieve is short-lived as anger management issues get the best of her and land her in jail. A gleeful Joe couldn't be happier at Madea's misfortune. But Madea's eccentric family members the Browns rally behind her, lending their special "country" brand of support. Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Hardaway is on the fast track to career success. But Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle - defending young prostitute and former drug addict Candace Washington - and asks his fiancée and fellow ADA Linda Holmes to fill in on his behalf. When Candace ends up in jail, Madea befriends the young woman, protecting her in a "motherly" way as only Madea can. (Lionsgate) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 70
    Quicker on the uptake than any of Eddie Murphy's fat ladies, quicker even than Flip Wilson's Geraldine Jones.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    63
    If the movie is a mess, it's a purposeful mess, cannily, if not artfully, pushing all the right buttons to ensure Perry will be back for another round.
  3. Though he plays two other roles, Perry only really cuts loose when he dons Madea's housecoat, turning her into a devilishly funny voice of reason. Likewise, the movie tenses up when she's offscreen, becoming the sort of moralistic soap opera we've seen from Perry before.
  4. 50
    It's great that Perry has seized opportunity for himself and for the performers he employs. But has he succeeded only in creating a kind of ghetto for black-themed entertainment that's of sub-par quality -- one that, admittedly, makes him a lot of money?
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    Wildly uneven effort, which is notably more strained and slapdash than such earlier efforts as "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."
  6. 50
    There is, however, Viola Davis, who might win an Oscar tomorrow for her one scene in "Doubt." Her part here - a minister combing the street for crack-whores to rescue - is about three times as large.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    I've been watching movies my entire life, and I can honestly say I've never been more confused in a theatre than I was while watching Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 8 out of 11
  1. May 12, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. DAYM NIGGUH DIS MOVIE IS DA SHIITt Expand
  2. 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 ratedThe 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!!!!..... Expand
  3. meelan.
    Jul 18, 2009
    6
    This movie was classic tyler perry, it was comedy and drama, very good. Madea should have stayed in jail longer though...lol she is the best!
  4. BH
    Jul 23, 2009
    2
    I'm not sure why Madea's name is in the title of this movie. I believe it was done as a marketing scheme because chances are that I'm not sure why Madea's name is in the title of this movie. I believe it was done as a marketing scheme because chances are that no one would have given this video a second glance given the real story. Movie fans will likely be very wary of the next Madea movie after feeling like they've been cheated and tricked by this one. Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Jesus Christ this movie is ****
    i cant believe a human made this
    its been like 20 movies Tyler, you cant base a movie off of just being black
    Its uninspired,its pointless and theres only more to come.
    Perry has yet to emerge from his own **** and see a color besides black,.
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  6. keving
    Mar 23, 2009
    0
    The previews were misleading. This was a movie for Tyler Perry to get on his soap box. This is a movie about black peoples problems.And how The previews were misleading. This was a movie for Tyler Perry to get on his soap box. This is a movie about black peoples problems.And how unfair Society is.NOT FUNNY and BAD ACTING. Perry's A family that prey's together is a excellent movie though. Expand
  7. SK
    Mar 4, 2009
    0
    Terrible... This was actually 2 movies in 1 where neither had anything to do with each other. One being the obvious Madea comedy and the Terrible... This was actually 2 movies in 1 where neither had anything to do with each other. One being the obvious Madea comedy and the other an over the top drama. I was waiting the entire time for how these two plots would weave intricately together and show how the two lives would affect each other. Instead they just ended up at the same jail and had a couple minor scenes together. In fact, the whole idea of "Madea goes to jail" is misleading. She was probably in jail for about 20 minutes of the movie and half the time was spent in a cliche montage as the days of a calendar get counted off. For as little as the jail had to do with anything, it might as well have been called, "Madea drives a car" or "Madea gets angry". Sadly "Ernest goes to jail" had more of a plot and purpose than this movie. Expand

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