"Perry’s films have been scrutinized plenty, but the white writers who dominate film criticism have offered analyses that, while largely negative, skip across the surface and ignore the depth. It’s difficult to imagine a review of, say, Spring Breakers that doesn’t at least flick at the movie’s underlying messages and cultural ramifications. But even as Perry’s films have had criticism heaped on them, he’s had the luxury of being bashed solely for his films’ hamfisted writing, paint-by-numbers plotting, and visual blandness. Never before Temptation have this many white critics taken care to blast the troublesome, underlying message of a Perry film, completely independent of its artistic or technical shortcomings."
Interesting round-up of the criticism being lobbed at Tyler Perry’s Temptation. It’s been largely understood that Tyler Perry films are awful, but they nonetheless seemed to be the only films starring black people, intended for black people and therefore viewed by black people (regardless of quality). The fact that they have been largely ignored by critics sort of spoke to this fighting the wind mentality — no matter how bad they may be, they would still be successful. Perhaps this latest film is just damn reprehensible to be ignored.
(Source: The A.V. Club)