The Reviews Are In: Tyler Perry Disappoints as ‘Alex Cross’

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 The reviews are in, and the consensus seems to be that Tyler Perry turned in a disappointing performance as the hard nosed and driven detective Alex Cross, in the film bearing the same name.

Originally, Idris Elba was slated to play the role of Cross, but somehow, he was replaced by mega-producer and character actor Tyler Perry. Many critics doubted whether Perry had the acting chops to turn in the performance that the character required, and now the reviews are in.

The first review comes from Variety: 

From Bond to Bourne, bona fide action stars don’t get nearly enough credit for their acting, an injustice that has seldom been clearer than when watching Tyler Perry strain his way through “Alex Cross.” The cross-dressing “Madea” star seems out of his depth playing the hard-boiled detective made famous by Morgan Freeman in “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls.”

Screen Daily offers another dismal review:

Unfortunately, once Cross makes the decision to step outside the boundaries of his job to kill Picasso, Perry proves less plausible, overdoing his character’s avenging-angel darkness in such a way that suggests the actor simply doesn’t possess the grit or world-weariness to pull off Cross’s transformation.

Many people appreciate Tyler Perry for what he does well, which is create movies for blacks by blacks. His hilarious Madea character evoked the common sense that black elders have passed down through the ages. And Why Did I Get Married  put middle class black couples center stage, something you don’t often see on the mostly white silver screen.

But it may be time for Tyler Perry to either grow or stick with what he knows. In playing Cross, and trying to fill Morgan Freeman’s shoes, Perry waded into waters that were beyond his depth. If the early reviews are any indication, that was a mistake.


16 Comment

  1. Of course he does, disappoint. It will take bigger (better) shoes than his to try and come behind Morgan Freeman!

  2. Where his dress?

  3. Not.

  4. He act like a women for so long that he is uncomfortable portraying a man.

  5. I Love Tyler Perry….As Madea! I connot see him pulling off a serious charater…

    • I believe he really can act but he typecasted himself w/ Madea. Our psyches won't allow us to accept him in any other roles. He did it to himself. Who cares though? He's filthy rich.

    • Just what my husband said last night when i told h I'm i want to see it..

  6. Give the Minstrel Master a break, after-all, he's not a man playing a mans' role. He is a crossing dressing stereotypical female trying to play a mans role.

    • I don't care what the critics say. Tyler Perry is a very talented man…period!!

    • Have not seen the movie but I am sure he was not the firs choice for the role , unless he produced the movie himself, which I suspect he did.

  7. Will anyone allow T.P. to kill off Madea? He’s
    talked about it before.

    As funny as Madea is, I’m tired of sooo many
    talented black comedians and actors dressing
    in drag just for a few cheap laughs.

    Think it through: if T.P. succeeds in doing other
    characters, a la acting in ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Alex
    Cross’, then he’ll be inspired to kill off or reduce
    Madea. This is something Hollywood-and most
    of us, aren’t prepared to let him do.

    Also, T.P. is somewhat ambiguously gay. He may/
    may not be gay, but if he all of a sudden admitted
    he was gay, who would actually be surprised? Being ambiguously gay makes more money. The gay
    community identifies more with him.

    It’s a solid portion of his audience, behind the church community and the black single mother crowd.

    Michael Jackson was ambiguously gay for years-and
    profited big time. It was even a line in the song “Money
    for Nothing”: ‘that little f@###t is a millionaire!’.

    The late comedian Flip wilson did his Geraldine character for years and was famous when he did it. He HATED Geraldine!

    Maybe T.P. quietly hates Madea, but understands what the public wants and demands….

  8. I saw the movie and Tyler did a great job, stop being so critical…….

  9. I got Laugphed at for Bringing my friends to see it much like Rock of ages really lol

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