For Colored Girls Destined To PolarizeDodai Stewart11/05/10 12:20pmFiled to: film schooledFor colored girlstyler perryJanet JacksonFor colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enufNtozake ShangeMoviesLisa SchwarzbaumBetsy sharkeyManohla Dargis159EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkTyler Perry's latest, For Colored Girls, opens today. Writes Betsy Sharkey for the LA Times: "It is a film destined to polarize. Many will hate it."AdvertisementPerry took on Ntozake Shange's series of poems, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, first published in 1975. He chose an all-star cast, and Sharkey claims he got some "standout performances" from certain actors. She adds:Perry manages a near seamless integration of poetry and traditional dialogue that turns out to feel more natural than you might expect.But Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum isn't as enthused.AdvertisementPerry has taken Shange's feminist word-and-movement portraits of disenfranchised African-American women and turned those howls into...a maddeningly choppy mess of a Tyler Perry movie.Schwarzbaum's review ends: "the actors' earnest work isn't enuf."New York Times critic Manohla Dargis calls For Colored Girls "a thunderous storm of a movie," writing that "Mr. Perry works very hard and gets it mostly right."When the news broke that a man known for dressing in drag and playing a caricature of a black woman would be tackling this project, many we were skeptical; as our own contributor LaToya Peterson wrote, "To bring Shange's vision to light would take an understanding of why this work of art is so deeply intertwined with black womens' articulation of their own struggles under racist, patriarchal oppression — something that unfortunately, many still deny to this day… I am unsure that someone who has not lived this experience can do it justice."