Lee seems less interested in capturing how people of color talk than in capturing how people talk. He coaxes us to step in and listen, and the very casualness of his invitation is the key to the joyousness of The Best Man Holiday, flaws be damned.
All of the cast members deliver smooth, capable performances, but this sequel clarifies why Howard has become the biggest star from the original ensemble. (He also gave one of the strongest performances in Lee Daniels’ The Butler this past summer.)
Drew TaylorThe Playlist
It might be overlong, overstuffed, and occasionally operatic, but that doesn't mean that it can wring the tears out of you.
The cluttered, overlong narrative never really finds its footing.
Chris CabinSlant Magazine
The sexism isn't quite as noxious as one might find in Tyler Perry's films, but that's as far as the compliments go when it comes to this overextended and deeply crude sermon.