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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, 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. 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.
  6. It's a tale soggy with the kind of race/class lessons that Madea, the director-star's battle-ax alter ego, doles out far more handily (and entertainingly) in a single church-lady-from-hell zinger.
  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 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 7 out of 10
  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 rated this movie low are just JEALOUS just like spike lee is because Tyler Perry makes GREAT films. REMEMBER.....jealousy is a sin!!!!..... Collapse
  3. Aug 19, 2012
    3
    The fact that this was marketed as a Madea movie just blows my mind. The majority of the film is focused around a hooker and a man trying to help her, while we get just bits and pieces of scenes with Madea. The majority of the jokes failed to make me even smile while I got insanely bored with the serious side of the film when we're supposed to be seeing Madea, given the title of the movie. The film suffers from identity crisis and fails at both drama and comedy. I would have given it a 4, but I'd be happier to see the negative user rating bar increase a little more. Expand
  4. May 12, 2011
    0
    this movie is SOOOOO GOOD I LAUGHED EVEN WHEN IT WANT SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY OMG I ALMOST DIED PF LAUGHTER WATCHING THIS MOVIE BUY IT I WOULD PAY 2000 DOLLARS TO SEE THIS AGAIN I LUV THIS MOVIE Expand

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