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Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (2012)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 22

Tyler Perry's craftmanship as a director continues to improve, but his stories are still the same ol' hoary, pretentious melodramas.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

Tyler Perry's craftmanship as a director continues to improve, but his stories are still the same ol' hoary, pretentious melodramas.

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A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Tyler Perry

Jun 12, 2012

$35.0M

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A ridiculously redemptive finale negates almost all of the preceding dramatic tension and resurrects a cloying Richard Marx chestnut to boot.

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
Time Out New York
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Whose life, Wesley asks in the movie's narration, is he living? Judging from all the sterile office and apartment space and his mile-long face, I'd say Bruce Willis's in "The Sixth Sense.''

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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There aren't a lot of laughs in "Good Deeds," and it could have used more of them.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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An otherwise unremarkable pic that takes what feels like a very long time to unwind a drearily predictable storyline.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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Good Deeds honors goodness, which isn't at all a bad thing, and it's not without moments of genuine feeling. But by the film's end, after watching a seemingly infinite number of dour close-ups of sober self-evaluation, I felt bludgeoned.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Good Deeds, with its Frank Capra-gone-Good Will Hunting title, is lucky to have Thandie Newton, easily the most gifted actress ever to have starred in a Tyler Perry movie.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (4)
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A simplistic and utterly-predictable morality tale.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

A few good scenes, a few solid messages...But he's such a dull dramatist and boring actor that the message isn't delivered.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

... smoothly entertaining. Eventually, though, Perry is undone by his own deft clichés, and he doesn't know when to stop ...

March 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

In terms of Perry's oeuvre it's surprisingly light on the cheesy melodrama.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's in the upper half of Perry's filmography, at any rate, both in terms of conceptual rigor and execution.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The melodramatic film has numerous light and comical touches, and the performances are uniformly good. The film's pace, however, has the consistency of molasses.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An entertaining film with Perry in the lead, but the acting honors are stolen by the supporting cast

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

'Message' movie lacks humor to draw in teens.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Good Deeds has a Hollywood gloss very much in keeping with its San Francisco settings and attractive cast.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

[Tyler Perry's Wesley] is Prince Charming for a prospective audience of women who are less enchanted by rippling abs than by kindness and responsibility.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline | Comments (4)
Movieline

Perry's considerate plotting is deliberate, perhaps even overlong, but with an attuned sense of people's evolving feelings and relationships.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (2)
Slant Magazine

decent

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

I enjoy Tyler Perry's movies, especially the Madea flicks. However, his movies can be very melodramatic and borderline Lifetime TV quality. Here, "Good Deeds" is one of those borderline movies. Perry plays Wesley Deeds, a rich businessman who feels like he should be doing something else with his life. He meets a single mother(Thadie Newton) who is down on her luck, and he sets out to help her and hopefully find some meaning to his life. The story is kind of generic, or as I called it "a prostitionious-less, black version of Pretty Woman". Even Emily kind of agreed with that. The performances are ok, but over the top with the drama. It also drags out at nearly 2 hours, and could have been about 20 minutes shorter and told the same story with probably better effect. I don't think this is his worst movie, but it's far from his best. I'd say it could have used some Madea, but she wouldn't have fit in anywhere in this movie, so she isn't missed. Perry fans will probably give it a "meh", but even a "meh" Perry movie, is better than no Perry movie.
June 25, 2012
Everett Johnson

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Wesley Deeds is About to Discover the Person He Was Meant to Be.

Not bad or great. It is a script with certain imbalance and some organizational issues. Nevertheless, as a light romance story about a man's desire to chase his dreams, it is a movie that delivers sufficiency and warmth occasionally. It is not a movie that shines, but it remains a simple and interesting story with an attempt to tell a message.

A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds Tyler Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancee, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works as a cleaning person in his office building. Outspoken, impulsive and proud- and also recently evicted- Lindsey struggles to make ends meet for herself and her young daughter. But when Wesley offers to help her get back on her feet, his innocent good deed ignites and unexpected attraction- and suddenly Wesley finds himself caught between the life he thought he wanted and the powerful desires of his heart...
May 19, 2012
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Manu Gino

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I liked the story...good people getting together, trying their best to do the right thing. This is my first Tyler Perry movie and I think now I have to go back and look at some of the others.
February 26, 2012
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Being pushed over the edge in so many directions not only as a successful businessman, but as a member of his family, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has for quite sometime continuously compromised his patience with tolerating his brother Walter (Brian J. White) irresponsible behavior or putting up with his fiance's Natalie (Gabrielle Union) pressure for marriage in a loveless relationship. Just when things couldn't get any better, a "by chance" meeting with a single mother Lindsey (Thandie Newton) who is so far down and out on her financial luck, that Wesley decides to go out of his way, to assist her and in doing so finds, that through her misfortune that "good deed" in helping her gives him the courage to find the happiness through change in his life. A wonderful and humorous drama. Try seeing this!
June 16, 2012
Fascade518

Super Reviewer

    1. Lindsey: I'm not talking to you midget! I'm talking to this ass!
    – Submitted by Noleen N (16 months ago)
    1. Lindsey: You should never apoligize for sayin what you feel.
    – Submitted by Robert S (21 months ago)
    1. Wesley Deeds: That would make me predictable.
    – Submitted by Francine G (22 months ago)
    1. Lindsey Wakefield: A lot of times in relationships, people don't say what they feel cos they're afraid of being hurt or let down.
    – Submitted by Kookiie T (2 years ago)
    1. Wesley Deeds: I'm moving to Africa.
    – Submitted by Diego L (2 years ago)
    1. Natalie: I can literally set my watch by Wesley.
    – Submitted by Melody B (2 years ago)
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