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From Justin To Kelly (2003)



Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 57

A notorious stinker, From Justin To Kelly features banal songs, a witless plot, and non-existent chemistry between its American Idol-sanctioned leads.


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 19

A notorious stinker, From Justin To Kelly features banal songs, a witless plot, and non-existent chemistry between its American Idol-sanctioned leads.



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From the producer and writer of Spice World and the director of She's All That comes this musical comedy inspired by and featuring the stars of Fox's hit reality show American Idol. Starring the winner and runner-up of the show's first season, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, as slightly fictionalized versions of themselves, From Justin to Kelly attempts to recreate the atmosphere of the fun-loving beach musicals of the 1960s. When Kelly (Clarkson) and Justin (Guarini) embark on a vacation in


Television, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Kim Fuller

Aug 26, 2003


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What's depressing about From Justin to Kelly, whose title seems to refer to the text messages he sends her, is that it's been made without a lick of love, skill, or, apparently, money.

July 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Easily the worst beach movie ever made.

June 3, 2013
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More than anything, From Justin To Kelly needs Simon Cowell.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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How bad is From Justin to Kelly? Set in Miami during spring break, it's like Grease: The Next Generation acted out by the food-court staff at SeaWorld.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Having won first and second place in some sort of TV talent show, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini get to play movie star, a bonus all America should immediately vote to have removed from the prize bin.

June 28, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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One of the worst movies you'll ever see -- but it's still not worth seeing.

June 25, 2003 Full Review Source:
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Fans may enjoy their Idol songs and parents may appreciate its wholesomeness, but there's little else to recommend in this throwback to the '60s Beach Blanket movies.

July 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

From Justin to Kelly is a musical so pedestrian it trips over its feet every time someone breaks into song or dance.

July 9, 2014 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Idol film expands 15 minutes of fame.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Television propelled teen idolatry -- the kind that Moses would probably have disapproved -- gets its ugly comeuppance...

June 2, 2009 Full Review Source:

This is such a manipulative product placing piece of dribble that it reeks of failure.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Is it too late to vote them off? For once, we don't have to tell you how bad a film is... you knew before they made it.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

The movie is billed as a romantic musical comedy. You coulda fooled me.

August 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Watching them lock lips feels like incest propaganda: Justin and Kelly are offspring of the same publicity machinery, after all

August 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

From Justin to Kelly is bad, but Glitter is still worse because Glitter thinks it's a great movie.

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

From Justin to Kelly is just one of those films, a bottomless well of snark fodder that may come and go in theatres but will surely be spun innumerable times on DVD at parties in the years to come.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source:

Moulin Rouge ... Chicago ... From Justin to Kelly ... two steps forward and then about 16 steps back for the film musical.

June 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Fans of the television show may show up for this one, but given that an American Idol sequel has already ended its run, audiences are likely to find it stale.

June 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's more dumbfounding that so much time is wasted on a cast of unknowns, second-stringers granted solos long before Kelly or Justin take center stage. Why not support with other first-season alums?

June 28, 2003
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The notion behind it is as contrived, forced, manipulated and fake as any film ever made.

June 28, 2003 Full Review Source:

What do you do to decide who gets the girl? Do you fight? Arm-wrestle, perhaps? Why, no, silly. You play hovercraft basketball, of course.

June 26, 2003
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Audience Reviews for From Justin To Kelly

I just like it, okay? The ridiculously stereotypical yet clinically wholesome spring break scene. The matching trios of friends made up of people who would normally never hang out together. The inconsequential socioeconomic sideplot. The skirt made out of ties. Yes, the story is formulaic and the acting is either under or overdone, but the costume design and dance choreography are legit cool.

Kelly Clarkson is in great shape for the sweet (if bland) girl-next-door, and Justin is all big-haired faux-swagger as the reformed partyboy. It's all hokey as hell, but I just roll with it.
August 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

You're better off just watch a music video of Kelly Clarkson or something.
July 16, 2012

Super Reviewer

Anyone who can make it through this movie, in its entirety, without fast forwarding or crying violently for long periods of time are in fact saints, and their miracles should be recognized by the church. This giant commercial for the series American Idol stars season one winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini as two star crossed lovers. The scene is set during spring break, on a beachfront somewhere Floridian, calling upon the Avalon and Funicello beach musicals of the sixties. Instead of the fun froth of those classics, we're given a series of songs and dance sequences that are reliant on the time period they are set: 2003. Let's remember that year in pop music and flinch at the fact we were all singing Clay Aiken's This is the Night, and move on. Besides the fact that the music isn't enjoyable (even in a guilty pleasure sort of way) and the acting is stale, the actual actors are annoying. Kelly's friends are air headed and uninvolved while Justin's are either pure sleaze without admonishment or cookie cutter dorky, the same sludge we've all seen a million times before. The only reason these two characters aren't together (though they spend a mili-second in each other's presence before falling in love, but I digress) is because of a plotting blonde friend, described as a "party girl" who isn't trying to change. There is no point to this, and because it's so lame brained and uninteresting, the surrounding sub-plots don't lend anything to the film except pith. The only redeeming value is Anika Noni Rose's singing voice, which would later be featured in the Oscar nominated Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog. Oh, and the title? I am clueless to its supposed charm. Not worth a curious glance, nor a runthrough.
August 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

Kind of a waste of money.
August 5, 2007

Super Reviewer

Movies Like From Justin To Kelly

    1. Kaya: What did you do?
    2. Alexa: Nothin'!
    3. Kelly: How could you do this to me?
    4. Alexa: I don't know. Kel, it's easy for you. I mean, you get people to see what you really are, and I-I've always been jealous. I know I shouldn't. I mean, we've been friends since forever, but... Kaya had a guy and you had Justin. I just felt like Miss Runner-Up. You have to believe that I did not mean to hurt you. I promise. I just-I just thought if I could get Justin like me, then... Maybe I can be as good as you.
    5. Kelly: You're nothing like me, Alexa. Because I would never do that to a friend.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Alexa: I've tried my hardest to keep ya'll apart, you just kept gettin' back together... and I'm the queen of connivin'.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Kaya: Heck, yeah! I mean 'hell yeah', I say hell all the time! Hell, hell, hell... hell.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Justin: To break us up, Kelly! Listen, if anybody's gonna be mad around here, it should be me. You've been hot and cold. First, you're blowing me off, and then you're leaving me some messages.
    2. Kelly: What messages?
    3. Justin: That's exactly what I'm talking about. And you accuse me of being a player. Well, you're the one playing games, Kelly. You know that? Game over.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Justin: We need to talk.
    2. Kelly: I have nothing to say to you.
    3. Justin: Why are you being like this?
    4. Kelly: What am I supposed to be like after what you've done.
    5. Justin: What I did?
    6. Kelly: You came on to her! Or should I reenact it for you? It's probably the same little show you put out for me, expect without a boat. I should've believed what everybody said about you in the first place.
    7. Justin: I mean everything I said. And I didn't come on to her. She came on to me.
    8. Kelly: Really? Why would she do that?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Eddie: Excuse me. Are you Lizzie from the Internet?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
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