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The one fascination of A Madea Christmas is how little care the country's most popular and powerful indie filmmaker takes in shaping his own material.
An exceptionally poor piece of holiday cash-in product, rushed and ungainly even by the low standard set by Perry's seven previous Madea films, yet it should be every bit as profitable.
By the standards of Tyler Perry's Madea series, A Madea Christmas is better than average.
You can see, and hear, the clanking of his melodramatic machinery - the gears and pulleys of emotion - but by the time the movie is over, you've been wedged into those gears; they have you.
Only one terrible sub-plot away from being a legitimately good movie.
The prolific multi-hyphenate media mogul has pumped out an endless array of movies in recent years, but his latest effort ranks as one of his very worst.
Los Angeles Times:
The same slapdash, lightweight effort as Madea in any other season, with a few Yuletide flourishes.
Larry the Cable Guy and Madea are an oddly perfect pairing. They're both comedians in drag - Larry just gets to wear pants
New York Daily News:
Comedy characters change and grow. Sometimes, as we see in Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, they become so much like old relatives that their edge is gone.
New York Times:
With a character who can essentially say and do whatever she wants, you might expect a bit more.
Slapdash, with dialogue and plot points that were cliches in Dickens' era, the pic sends up, then reaffirms, all the values the media sell us each holiday: compassion, forgiveness, tolerance.
Perry seemed to be holding his nose and trudging through the disappointing Madea's Witness Protection, but this time Madea has her groove back, and she's a riot.
A crass weapon in the crusade against the War on Christmas, the yuletide-themed Madea avoids pushing buttons in hopes of meeting the requirements for annual replay on cable.