In an interview with Bloomberg News, Walt Borchers of credited Tyler Perry's strong appeal among black churchgoers with the success of Madea's Family Reunion. "Everything that's being rolled out now that's targeted to the religious sector is doing well," Borchers said. Daily Variety observed that African-American women 35 and over comprised 52 percent of the film's audience. The film was not screened for critics, who had few complimentary things to say about Perry's earlier Diary of a Mad Black Woman and even fewer nice things to say about the current one. Typical is Geoff Pevere's in the Toronto Star, who describes the movie as "an exercise in Christian inspirational healing" and "an entertainment engineered for a pretty specific audience." Pevere suggests that he, as a "middle-aged Canadian white guy," is certainly not a part of that target audience. But Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe, one of the country's few black critics, says that Family marks a significant improvement over Diary, writing: "Rather than push for sitcom nonsense, Perry spins a mean, satisfying soap opera."