Just Wright Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
October 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 29, 2011
Just Wright's heart is in the right place. It just doesn't know what to do with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
September 16, 2010
Utterly predictable, unbearably trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
May 10, 2010
Unfortunately, in Queen Latifah's first straight romance, the feisty side of her personality has been benched.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 14, 2010
At its best moments, it's extraordinarily ordinary, and you don't have to be Goldilocks to know that ordinary is never just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
May 13, 2010
It's sad to see Latifah's talent squandered on such clichés. Even worse is Paula Patton's role as Wright's golddigging godsister, who dreams of being an NBA trophy wife. Bench this fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
May 14, 2010
The script revolves solely around the principals, with no amusing sidekick pals to deflect the dullish romance. Praise for basketball's fast break -- the only break we get from the otherwise stultifying action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
September 15, 2010
If film titles get any lazier than this, I'm flying to Hollywood and setting fire to the Writers' Guild HQ building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Stevens
E! Online
May 14, 2010
Unlike the real NBA, Just Wright has no Magic or Heat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 12, 2010
The big-studio romantic comedy has become so intractably set in its ways that there's no longer hope for true innovation; competent replication of clichés is now a best-case scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 14, 2010
It's earnest and well-intentioned, but sloppy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
May 16, 2010
Director Sanaa Hamri doesn't care about the NBA superstar thing. Common's character is just there to smile while we're constantly told Leslie (Latifah) isn't good enough for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sam Wigley
Total Film
September 16, 2010
Take a pro basketball player with a career-threatening knee injury and an ugly-duckling nurse and you've got the blueprint for a steamroller of sopp that knows no shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
May 13, 2010
With his forced smile and willowy cadence, Common plays basketball star Scott McKnight as if he's a newly lobotomized serial killer - and that's when his character is supposed to be happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 12, 2010
Common makes Wright uncomfortable and awkward...infuses Scott with the aura of a serial killer, leaving the impression that the character doesn't just want to make love to these ladies, but perhaps wear their skin as a suit in his basement as well
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
May 14, 2010
Standard but pleasant love story containing enough intriguing elements to make you wish it was better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
May 14, 2010
Positive messages galore in formulaic, teen-friendly romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 11, 2010
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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