No Good Deed Reviews

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
January 6, 2015
"No Good Deed" made some decent box office and didn't cost much to make. Perhaps there'll be a sequel. "Good Samaritan Goes Bad" or "Call Triple-A, Cause I Ain't Opening the Door."
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
January 1, 2015
No Good Deed is one of the least inspired and laziest films of 2014, featuring a complete lack of originality and a waste of talent from Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
November 23, 2014
There's a few table-turning twists that lend a veneer of final-girl sister-power ... but little else to provide big-screen distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
November 21, 2014
It is dismaying to see the brilliant Idris Elba and Sam Miller, his director from TV's Luther, working on low-grade exploitation fare like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
November 21, 2014
Not content with painting Idris Elba's escaped convict Colin as a thoroughly bad sort, the suspense-free home invasion movie No Good Deed has a score that assaults us with histrionic crashes and bangs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Luxford
Radio Times
November 21, 2014
The plot stumbles lazily from one thriller trope to the next and, while it does provide some jumps, is predictable to the point where you can call the action before it happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 20, 2014
[A] routine thriller ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 20, 2014
This clunkingly terrible film is a baffling career move for Elba, and a waste of co-star Taraji P Henson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James White
Empire Magazine
November 20, 2014
Elba gives good psycho smoulder and Henson occasionally gets to flex her acting muscles and break out of the damsel-in-distress clichés when she's fighting back against this conflicted home invader, yet neither can overcome the script's limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 20, 2014
Elba and Henson both produced this crazily overwrought stranger-danger B-movie, so they're getting no free passes here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
November 20, 2014
Sometimes you fancy the finest caviar known to humanity. Other times you fancy some greasy fish and chips. No Good Deed belongs in the latter category.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
November 17, 2014
There's nothing to distinguish TV director Sam Miller's pedestrian effort from scores of straight-to-download thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Crump
Paste Magazine
September 26, 2014
No Good Deed promises little, but, to its credit, it largely lives up to that promise. You don't need to lower your expectations for the film; it lowers them for you, roundly but quietly apologizing at every turn for not being better than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 19, 2014
A cunningly calculated pulp thriller that coincidentally arrives at a moment when outrage over violence against women has become impossible for even the NFL to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Kupecki
Austin Chronicle
September 18, 2014
No Good Deed slouches toward its inevitable conclusion much like that rough beast to Bethlehem, falling apart and lacking all conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
September 17, 2014
begins as a not incompetent home-invasion thriller and ends with a nifty punch line about female empowerment. The problem is everything in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
September 17, 2014
There should be something more exhilarating about the violent and hopeful epilogue finale than there is.
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
September 17, 2014
There's no good brain in No Good Deed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
September 17, 2014
The suits at Screen Gems had the right idea. They just failed to carry it through. Their mistake wasn't scrapping the picture's press screenings. It was failing to scrap them all.
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
September 15, 2014
Not only did the "twist" they had been endlessly hyping come across as a limp afterthought, but the movie itself is a gruelingly unpleasant slog. "No Good Deed" deserves to be punished.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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