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Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Comedy . Drama . Romance

Charles McCarter and his wife Helen are about to celebrate their 18th-wedding anniversary when Helen comes home to find her clothes packed up in a U-Haul van parked in the driveway. Charles is divorcing Her. Helen moves in with her grandmother Madea, an old woman who doesn't take any lip from anyone. Madea helps Helen through these tough times by showing her what is really important in life.

Actors: Kimberly Elise , Steve Harris , Tyler Perry , Shemar Moore , Vickie Eng , Lauren Leah Mitchell , Lisa Marcos , Tamara Taylor , Cicely Tyson , Terrell Carter
Directors: Darren Grant
Country: USA
Release: 2005-02-25
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  • Carrie Rickey

    A very curious and very entertaining mix, the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    A bad movie so over-the-top that at moments it's almost good - or, at least, more arresting than it has any right to be.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    While the jokes are obvious and the romance formulaic, a good-natured sensibility saves the film from being too hokey. The individual parts may not work, but the sum remains entertaining.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    In an awkward split-personality way, it works some of the time.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    Harris and particularly Elise give over-the-top performances that bring Diary to the edge of soap opera.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Blows to the head are delivered with more subtlety than the message of Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kevin Allison

    As preposterously awkward, naïve and contrived as this movie is, it's still a curious sort of pleasure to witness-especially the gospel singing scenes.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    This is a movie that falls short only because it insists on grabbing for so much.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Diary rather sloppily blends melodrama and spiritual uplift with crass comedy, sometimes in the same scene.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Bill White

    The movie has a soul, and its good-natured charm may well win over the most cynical heart.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    As lousy as it is, Diary of a Mad Black Woman is weirdly fascinating. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Half inspired and half eye-rollingly terrible.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    An ungainly hodgepodge of vaudeville-style comedy, turgid soap-operatics, and joyful epiphanies of gospel-flavored uplift.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The stylistic discontinuities and pile-driver excesses can be off-putting for an outsider like me, but for fans this may well be part of the appeal.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    By the film's end, you feel like you've spent two hours rapidly changing channels between a WB sitcom, the gospel-choir segments of the "Ladykillers" remake, an episode of "Law & Order" and a Mexican soap opera.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The film is never dull.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Laura Sinagra

    Rote melodrama.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    These characters, which Perry worked into the narrative from other stage performances, may have been entertaining in those venues, but they undermine the film.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    So oblivious to genre that it occupies its own special stylistic niche, if you can imagine such a thing as a romantic revenge farce.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    The film may be bad-and mad-but it's not predictable.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    An absolute mess with no coherent tone, story or point of view.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Veers back and forth between indigestibly syrupy romance and vulgar "ethnic" comedy, with healthy doses of Christian proselytizing thrown in for good measure.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Cruelty, church redemption, miraculous healings of limbs and junkie relatives – all have their moments onscreen.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Part female revenge flick, part Saturday Night Live skit, part courtroom drama, and part religious tent revival, this movie never congeals into anything worth watching.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Sure, I laughed. Yes, I cried. But mostly I just wanted to throw up.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The Grandma is not merely wrong for the movie, but fatal to it -- a writing and casting disaster... I've been reviewing movies for a long time, and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Plenty of mad moviegoers will put this in their diaries as one of the worst pictures in ages.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Downright awful.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Plays like an unwieldy mishmash of "Big Momma's House," "An Unmarried Woman" and "The Burning Bed," with lots of gospel music thrown in.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The whole three-ring circus winds up in a church for a redemptive finale, but by then, Diary has committed too many sins for even the most generous soul to offer salvation.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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  • 16. Father Can You Hear Me Performer: Tiffany Evans Terrell Carter as Terrel Carter Cheryl Pepsii Riley as Cheryl Pepsi Riley Tamela J. Mann as Tamela Mann Stream Music Online
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