Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Released 2005


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Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman is Tyler Perry's (of Tyler Perry's House of Payne) 2005 opus based on the play, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Marital problems are happening in the romantic comedy about what it takes to be a family. Madea, the elder grandmother of the protagonist helps her daughter get back at a cheating husband. Comedy and romance intertwine in this Tyler Perry-written film. The film stars Kimberly Elise (of John Q), Steve Harris (of Minority Report) and Shemar Moore (of How to Marry A Billionaire: A Christmas Tale). The criticism of the film was mostly negative, garnering a 36 on Metacritic. The Philadelphia Inquirer claimed it was "the Labradoodle of inspirational romantic-comedy-melodramas" while the Miami Herald wrote it was "downright awful." Despite some negative reviews, a sequel was released in 2006 called Medea's Family Reunion. The Medea franchise along with Tyler Perry's House of Payne ensure that Tyler Perry will be creating entertainment for a long time.


Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

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

  • 40

    The New York Times 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.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times 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.

  • I'm not a woman, but I'm black and MAD AS HELL!!!!! >:(

    I've always hated Madea; the character is rude, offensive, and just unappealing to look at. This is one of the many movies that exploits this character in every way possible. It doesn't even try to make the supporting cast likable, but instead focuses on all the jokes from this insult to black people. I can help but feel a sense of hypocrisy because this is suppose to be a comedy AND IT'S NOT FUCKING FUNNY!!!! The jokes are horribly executed, the plot is all kinds of shit and none of the characters are likable; and it's not just this movie but all of Tyler Perry's movies and plays centering around this horrible character. Don't bother with any of them; they're not funny and they're damn sure not entertaining. >:(moreless

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Comedy, Drama


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