Madea's Big Happy Family Reviews

  • Now that I've stated what feels like the inevitable complaint about Terry Perry's tendency toward overly shrill, broad bombast, let me say: While I was watching Madea's Big Happy Family, I couldn't deny that it plays.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Family" offers Mr. Perry's signature ingredients: multiple subplots; a Southern setting; and broad comedy, florid melodrama and inspirational Christianity, tossed together with an almost slapdash elan.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • "Madea's Big Happy Family'' nonsensically knots the spiritual and the salacious, asking gossipy questions then giving pulpit answers so that the movie is wonderfully, woefully absurd.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • [Perry has] recycled the same material so many times, it's starting to turn rancid.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Like most of Perry's movies, this one oscillates wildly and shamelessly between raunch and pathos, leaving plenty of room for the performers to work. The lively ensemble includes a scene-stealing Cassi Davis as pothead Aunt Bam.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Reader

  • Madea's Big Happy Family plods from one scene to the next at a deliberate pace, repeatedly betraying its theatrical roots as each new conversation or confrontation plays out like the latest in a series of segments in a stage revue.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • If he's moving on from Madea, and "For Colored girls" and his next couple of announced projects suggest he is, at least Perry's doing right by the old broad, letting her bow out like one big, wise-cracking mother of a momma.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The title is meant to be ironic. Too bad irony is in such short supply in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family. Sadly, subtlety is also missing.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • Tyler Perry's signature character returns to kick more butt in this raucous comedy.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • If Perry gets on your wavelength, you can forgive him too. He's only the host at a home-cooked banquet of wild emotions.

    Richard Corliss — TIME Magazine

  • Perry possesses a superb ear for the themes and emotions that connect him to his core audience, and that's on display again here, though the unconverted might grumble that the movie's many riffs and rants feel recycled from previous offerings.

    Glenn Whipp — Los Angeles Times

  • "Madea's Big Happy Family" is a facetious title; there's not a happy one in the bunch. Eventually, neither is the viewer.

    Dustin Putman

  • The odd thing about Tyler Perry is that just when you think he may be turning a corner and evolving, he goes into retrograde.

    Michael Dequina —

  • Perry's performance of Madea [feels] flatter and more strained than he ever has in the role.

    Tim Brayton — Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Deathbed scenes and colonoscopy humor, Bible quotations and Maury Povich "Who Is the Real Baby Daddy" episodes: All cohabit with equal relevance in the world of Tyler Perry.

    Marjorie Baumgarten — Austin Chronicle

  • ... Tyler Perry goes to the Madea well once too often and comes up dry.

    Jim Lane — Sacramento News & Review

  • Comedy is comedy, and "terminal illness" is "terminal illness" and the two really shouldn't meet. What you end up with is a movie that's literally as funny as cancer.

    Jim Slotek — Jam! Movies

  • I've been waiting patiently for Perry to make a Madea film that suits my tastes and I think this is the one.

    Dave White —

  • Madea's Big Happy Family is probably Perry's best film to date.

    Grae Drake —

  • This "Madea" feels like the best "Madea" yet.

    Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) — St. Paul Pioneer Press

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