For Colored Girls ... or Not? : Tell Me More Host Michel Martin weighs in on the heavy criticism to Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls. She asks, what do you think?
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For Colored Girls ... or Not?

Film Director Tyler Perry (left) and actress Tessa Thompson attend the premiere of For Colored Girls on October 25 in New York City. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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We are having a raging debate in this office about the new movie, For Colored Girls ... and we are not the only ones.

Take the most recent column by Richard Prince, who edits the online publication, Journal-isms. In it, Prince describes how some of the reviews are so over-the-top negative, that they have sparked reviews of the reviews.

Here’s one by Courtland Milloy, columnist at the Washington Post. The headline says it all: For black men who have considered homicide after watching another Tyler Perry movie.

And then there's Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe:

It’s too much — too much screaming, too much crying, too much preaching, too much reaching, too much healing, too much feeling, and, by the time a man dangles two small black children from an apartment window, it’s too much too-much.

To which Ronda Racha Penrice, writing for news website, says, “Mainstream reviews of the film have been laced with a viciousness rarely seen when evaluating the work of other filmmakers.”


You've already heard from our digital media guy, Lee Hill. He wants to know why there's been no "For Colored Boys…" yet. Many of you told him: “go write it yourself, bro”.

And now we want to hear from you.

Have you seen it? Loved it? Hated it?

Going again? Wouldn't go if you PAID me…?

Let us know. We are dying to hear what YOU thought.