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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Selfish characters in Perry's violent, overlong drama.

Movie R 2018 120 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 16+
The movie is really nice. And belive me it happens in real live same times with more or less drama. But it happens. About the story. How can someone say "I love u and I will always will". If he is dating someone else?! She was fine trying to move on and he came and say I made it. But not with u. Here is some thing for the time u spend believing in me. That can take anyone out of control specially when She discover that the girl he is living the dream that he promised her is the one he cheated her with. Come on! She had any sort of mental sickness but the breaking point was cause by him. Come on she couldn't have babies, she lost all, and sow her dream being lived by the girl she was cheat with, and we want to question her acts hooo. May God protect all the women who is going through all that. May their mind be strong enough so that they can come back from this situation strong, brave, sexier, beautiful and successful... My advice for who suffer that is."no person in this world is worthy of ur life". U are strong becouse you tried. Don't spoil ur life trying to spoil other person's life.
age 18+

I had to watch it twice!

It's definitely not for the kiddos! The plot is elaborate and brilliantly delivered, thanks to Mrs. Henson. OMGoodness, I love this movie! I literally watched it twice, back to back, making sure I didn't miss anything lol!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This endless, crushingly serious drama explores a disintegrating marriage between two shallow, selfish partners, and then, for its ridiculous third act, it turns into an awful thriller. Writer/director Tyler Perry's Acrimony may have a highbrow-sounding title, but it nevertheless aims for the lowest common denominator. It has nothing to say except that people are pretty much fundamentally awful, and there's nothing to be done about it. Robert is a parasite who passively aggressively sucks the life out of Melinda, and she's a hateful, miserable woman, bent only on her own satisfaction.

Spending any time with these two would be a trial, but Perry asks us to sit for a full, painful two hours. Robert eventually makes a gesture that seems to come from genuine regret and kindness, but it doesn't go far as the ludicrous plot mechanisms kick in for the brain-dead finale. Henson is a fine actor, and she seems to have worked hard here, as have some of her co-stars, but unfortunately, their efforts are wasted in a movie that may leave viewers feeling hopeless and lousy. Not even the occasional music of Nina Simone helps to add any heart or soul.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 30, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming: June 26, 2018
  • Cast: Taraji P. Henson , Lyriq Bent , Crystle Stewart
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexual content and some violence
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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