'Just Wright' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   109 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    The movie is a rigged game of cliches and platitudes, but fans will be pleased by additional proof that Latifah is a lovable Queen but not a pampered princess.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Intersperses the suds with zippy basketball sequences that feature NBA pros, and a hip-hop soundtrack that steers the film to a mild, steady beat.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Easy-going and sweet-natured, this "romantic sports comedy" finally dissolves into a gooey mess of over-cooked comfort food.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Queen Latifah made a remarkably natural transition from hip-hop to acting. Such is not the case for rap star Common. Though he looks great on camera, his acting abilities are limited.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Latifah and Common create something that's all too rare in contemporary romantic comedies, and that's the sense that their characters actually, you know, like each other.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Just Wright is as formulaic as they come, but at its core is a surprisingly tender romantic drama about two people falling in love in what feels gratifyingly like real-time.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    That absolutely no chemistry exists between them as love interests is the first of the many flaws in a film that also demands we believe the New Jersey Nets could become Eastern Conference champions.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Latifah has talent and personality to spare, so it would be great to see her taking on more romantic roles. But to sell herself short in the process? Clearly, even she knows that's just wrong.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    Just Wright is an easy enough way to pass an afternoon, and it is refreshing to see a plus-sized woman on screen that isn't, for one second, fretting about her weight.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Sure, the movie is a formula. A formula that works reminds us of why it became a formula.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    I like this film in part because it doesn't go full-cornball until the last quarter, and along the way, it actually finds ways to make everyone on-screen a human being.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Queen Latifah's warmth has boosted middling movies like "Beauty Shop" and "Last Holiday," but she and costar Common can't strike enough sparks to ignite this weak romantic comedy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Even the title announces, "We're not really making an effort here."
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    You can almost see the studio accountants counting the demographic hot spots Just Wright should connect with as the movie reels by.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Just Wright is probably best thought of as a fairy tale, from start to finish. It's just not a very good one.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    Painting by numbers often gets a bad rap: While it takes little originality to fill in the romantic-comedy blanks, even a simple, competent job can sometimes feel like a breath of fresh air.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    A very rare contemporary romantic comedy that doesn't succumb to terminal stupidity.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    Since the frisson of conflict is what makes movies work, Just Wright flounders, slick as an NBA commercial, pretty as a Jersey-in-spring postcard.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jason Anderson Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    Writer Michael Elliot and director Sanaa Hamri may serve up the same old fairy tale but at least they do so with some enthusiasm for the task and much affection for the characters. And for that, viewers can feel grateful.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Technically speaking, this is a romantic sports comedy. We don't get many films in which these elements work well as a team.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Just trite.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    You know these two are meant to be together, and the de rigueur obstacles that stand in their way are visible from a mile off.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    50
    All of this predictability and retreading of the same old formula just makes for one long, stretched-out film that leaves the audience waiting for the inevitable to happen.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    75
    The audience, much like Latifah, is surprised and utterly won over by Common's disarming, nice guy affability beneath the intimidating aura.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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