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  • Summary: A single mother living in inner-city Chicago, Brenda has been struggling for years to make ends meet and keep her three kids off the street. But when she's laid off with no warning, she starts losing hope for the first time--until a letter arrives announcing the death of a father she's never met. Desperate for any kind of help, Brenda takes her family to Georgia for the funeral. But nothing could have prepared her for the Browns, her father's fun-loving, crass Southern clan. In a small-town world full of long afternoons and country fairs, Brenda struggles to get to know the family she never knew existed...and finds a brand-new romance that just might change her life. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. The importance of faith, church, kin, staying off drugs, sharing food, repenting from sin, forgiving sinners, appreciating a good black man, rejecting a bad one, and honoring black matriarchy is enumerated with typical, reassuring Perry broadness.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The women of Perry's army will come out feeling they've been well-served, and for the rest of us there's Bassett, getting her groove back after a spate of less than worthy roles. Perry's getting his groove, too - I give him two more films and an A-list cameraman.
  3. 60
    What he serves up -- a mixture of moralism and forgiveness, semibawdy humor and cautionary drama, mockery and affection -- may sometimes lack coherence, but never integrity.
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Surprisingly half-decent--surprising because Perry’s not about to switch up his hardly revelatory but consistently bankable box-office signature:
  5. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    Perry's methods are never subtle, but no contemporary filmmaker works harder to make sure ribs are tickled and tears are jerked.
  6. 50
    Meet the Browns, like the rest of Tyler Perry's movies and plays, will find its audience. His talent lies in knowing what people will buy. He's a marketer, not a filmmaker.
  7. There are a few laughs and some touching moments, but nothing you couldn't get by watching episodes of "Good Times" and "Little House on the Prairie" back to back.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. JamieJ.
    Mar 21, 2008
    Lots of down home southern laughter.
  2. Jordan
    Mar 21, 2008
    I thought it was great. Great story, not overdone. Good job, Tyler Perry.
  3. Jul 9, 2012
    Give credit to Tyler Perry for not glamorizing drug dealing, criminal activities, selfish actions and the like. Tyler Perry advocates practical Christian and family values, and it ends up making a masterpiece! I love this movie as well as every other Tyler Perry films! Of course as expected critics underestimate ANOTHER great movie by Tyler Perry. Of course people will rate this movie low because they're JEALOUS that Tyler Perry is so wealthy and succesfull! Remember jealousy is a sin!!!... Expand
  4. CorneliaG.
    Mar 25, 2008
    Same story, same characters, same lines, same settings, same lessons, different movie. Tyler's got to be more talented than he's delivering or is he? Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Mar 25, 2008
    Filmmaker Tyler Perry is the Kurt Cobain of American cinema. Like "Nevermind", Perry's films perform beyond the niche market it was intended for. 2002 became the year "black film" broke, when "Diary of a Mad, Black Woman" grossed over fifty-million dollars, a then-unprecednted sum for a black independent film. Perry's movies are mainstream, but make no mistake about it, "Meet the Browns" is a "cult film" at its core, like Nirvana was an "alternative" band, who suddenly became wildly popular. While other indies enjoy wide-release success, the Perry oeuvre differs in this very important respect: The audience that Perry caters to is often a disenfranchised one. We're talking about African-American women. "Meet the Browns" is a black chick-flick. In the last six years, Perry has created his own private Hollywood by being a blaxploitation director who makes respectable films for a middle-brow audience. With "Meet the Browns", Perry alienates the fanbase, in a scene, in which the oldest son of the family patriarch refers to his father's women as "hos", in a naked attempt to be all things to all people. Being black himself, Brown should realize that no respectable "gangsta" would be caught dead at "Meet the Browns", so why rankle the converted with a street lexicon? In another scene, Madea is being chased by a convoy of police squad vehicles and excitedly proclaims, "I'm going to be on "Cops"!" This is Chapelle-lite. This is like Wayne Brady's performance as a gangbanger on "The Dave Chapelle Show". Perry is satirizing his own "vanilla" image by being an outlaw. But gangsta rap and incarceration infringes on the fantasy aspect of a single mother of three who goes to Georgia and lives happily-ever-after. That's not what the audience paid for. Expand
  6. Terrad
    Mar 23, 2008
    This movie was TERRIBLE. It was not very funny, and there was a lot of over-acting. I would wait for video...and then I still wouldn't rent it.
  7. AlonsoM.
    Apr 7, 2008
    Jordan, Jamie and Diva Dude down there are obviously the same person or Mr. Perry. I have never been able to sit through one of this man's movies. Why? Because they've already been made! Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Love Jones, The Inkwell, How Stella Got Her Groove Back...I could go on forever but the point is, his movies don't deserve the popularity they get. The only reason they're popular is because his target audience either doesn't want to go to the video store or has lost their memory. Expand

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