Just Friends Reviews

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Time Out
November 16, 2011
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 6, 2005
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Dallas Morning News
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 29, 2005
Just Friends is just stupid.
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Tony Wong
Toronto Star
November 28, 2005
Just Friends is part Farrelly Brothers and part Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, all wrapped together to deliver gross-out gags in bizarrely random and rapid-fire fashion, with zero intent to develop sustainable plot or character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 28, 2005
Just Friends hangs its crude, clobbering sense of humor on a dubious theory.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 28, 2005
... while the ending might be a foregone conclusion, getting there involves just enough slapstick manful idiocy to keep the humor moving at a clip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 28, 2005
A barbed romantic comedy with a distinct debt to the Farrelly brothers' gross-out-plus-sentimentality formula, Just Friends is a welcome antidote to the usual seasonal sweetness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 23, 2005
In all, it's not too bad and it's not too long, and any movie that sets Santa on fire is okay by me.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 23, 2005
After peaking with the unsurpassable glories of 2003's Bad Santa, the humbug holiday genre may be getting run into the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 23, 2005
An uneven black comedy that fails to sell its coldhearted, central premise, Just Friends finds actor Ryan Reynolds in his most tedious turn yet as a theoretically likable reprobate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 23, 2005
It's a thoroughly enjoyable three- or four-gimmick comedy, highlighted by a whorish dimwit pop star played by Anna Faris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 23, 2005
After watching a movie like Just Friends, I hurry home from the theater and take a shower so I can wash away the stink of the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2005
Thanks to director Roger Kumble's breathless pacing, Just Friends manages to outrun most of its flaws.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 23, 2005
As romantic comedies go, Just Friends is just a lunch date. And everybody knows there's no kiss at the end of a lunch date.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 23, 2005
Just Friends is funnier the sillier it gets, perhaps hitting a crescendo during the slap fights between the brothers, who begin beating each other with regularity, as if they'd never stopped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 23, 2005
With its slapstick car wrecks and sports injuries, the movie is like a Michael Bay take on Garden State. It wants to be painfully funny, but it really is just plain painful to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 23, 2005
Just Friends shows that a lifeless idea can rise up out of its script crypt and put a stranglehold on 2,000-plus screens.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 23, 2005
Every holiday season welcomes a big-screen turkey, and this one's got extra stuffing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
November 23, 2005
This is superficial entertainment to say the least. But if you're looking for laughs, then Just Friends is just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2005
There have been worse premises for a romantic comedy, but director Roger Kumble and writer Adam "Tex" Davis could scarcely have done a worse job developing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 23, 2005
The infectious high spirits of the performers help to carry the day.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 23, 2005
[A] cheerily clean and notably bright teen comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 23, 2005
Think of Just Friends as this season's answer to last year's Surviving Christmas, making you wonder what you did to deserve more movie coal in your stocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 23, 2005
The movie too often withers under a barrage of predictable gags, which are doled out in uneven slices.
| Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2005
The best scenes in Just Friends take place offscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 23, 2005
Just Friends is funnier than any low-rent rip-off of There's Something About Mary has a right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 23, 2005
During the credits, Reynolds is again shown in the fat suit while singing a power ballad, reminding us all how funny Just Friends could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
November 22, 2005
Even with young talent, director Roger Kumble and writer Adam Davis rely way too heavily (no pun intended) on the fat-suit joke and titular impasse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mikael Wood
Village Voice
November 21, 2005
A refreshingly mean-spirited breeze through both the holiday movie and romantic-comedy checklists (including the third-act heart of gold).
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 17, 2005
A surprisingly shrewd and energetic romantic comedy.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 17, 2005
Characters switch personalities in midscene, forget slights, ignore the obvious, abandon goals and betray family and friends just because the script demands it. No motivation required.