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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 36
  2. Negative: 19 out of 36

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  1. Dec 14, 2013
    This is a Christmas movie? These story elements rarely connect, and exist only so the sassy, straight-talking Madea can bulldoze through obvious scenarios, cracking jokes that might have been funny when Nixon was in office. Madea insults a harried Asian customer while working in a busy department store. Madea stumbles into a Ku Klux Klan rally while road-tripping through Alabama. Madea falls in a pile of cow manure while working on Lacey and Conner’s farm. Madea relays a hip-hop version of the Nativity story to Lacey’s impressionable class and concludes by hanging a misbehaving student from a life-size cross in the front of the classroom. Coal. A moldy fruitcake. Socks and underwear. The complete Encyclopedia Britannica set. These are items I’d prefer to receive this holiday season instead of “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” an insensitive, unfunny cringer from the entrepreneurial writer-director that should have come with a gift receipt. Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2013
    Please dear god, show me your mercy and erase my memory. I saw one of these movies before and let me tell you, the 'silly black man cross dressing into crazy elderly black woman' cliche' is simply not funny AT ALL. None of his movies have ever been funny, he just doesn't have it. His ignorant racial slurs and absolute disregard for his own self respect is dreadfully painful to watch. As he is an obvious advocate for racism, id like to state my opinion in that Tyler Perry is a complete and utter disgrace to blacks and an absolute abomination to humankind. This no talent ass clown will never get better, because he simply is a terrible filmmaker that had no talent to began with. Please god strike him down for the sake of sanity. Expand
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    The fact that Tyler Perry is milking the franchise as much as he can is just pathetic. His movies are bad and not original at all.
    I've watched all Madea movies and I have to say this is by far the worst one. Not only is it not funny but it's pretty much the same story as the others. Tyler Perry, you don't have to live in your car anymore, you have your estate now please sit back and let
    creative people take over. Expand
  4. Dec 18, 2013
    This movie makes a good argument that not only should Tyler Perry stop making movies, he should be sent to Purgatory, and have his sins burned away by making him watch the far too numerous Madea movies until his retinas set themselves on fire. Movies these days went from art (see also: Apocalypse Now, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, everything by Kubrick) to cliche's wrapped in casual racism.

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Dec 18, 2013
    Rather than rising above the fray, Madea is very much the fray itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Dec 17, 2013
    A Madea Christmas, for all its narrative shortcomings, also has plenty of laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 16, 2013
    This eighth Madea movie is pretty lame even by Perry’s slapdash standards.