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Just Wright Reviews

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Lisa Rosman
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Although it's replete with solid supporting players and even stronger goodwill, Just Wright buckles under the burden of its pure intentions. Too many auxiliary, moralizing plot points and characters are picked up, only to be suddenly dropped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
May 17, 2010
I like this movie a lot.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 14, 2010
Technically speaking, this is a romantic sports comedy. We don't get many films in which these elements work well as a team.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 14, 2010
Intersperses the suds with zippy basketball sequences that feature NBA pros, and a hip-hop soundtrack that steers the film to a mild, steady beat.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2010
You can almost see the studio accountants counting the demographic hot spots Just Wright should connect with as the movie reels by.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
May 14, 2010
Just Wright is an easy enough way to pass an afternoon, and it is refreshing to see a plus-sized woman on screen that isn't, for one second, fretting about her weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 14, 2010
Latifah and Common create something that's all too rare in contemporary romantic comedies, and that's the sense that their characters actually, you know, like each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 14, 2010
A very rare contemporary romantic comedy that doesn't succumb to terminal stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 14, 2010
It's one thing for a romantic comedy to be predictable -- they all end at the same destination, after all. But it's quite another thing to be predictable at every twist and turn of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 13, 2010
Spare me another movie in which a gorgeous size-2 actress spends two hours complaining she can't snare a man. That Latifah is beautiful but accessible makes her all the more likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
May 13, 2010
Writer Michael Elliot and director Sanaa Hamri may serve up the same old fairy tale but at least they do so with some enthusiasm for the task and much affection for the characters. And for that, viewers can feel grateful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 13, 2010
Latifah has talent and personality to spare, so it would be great to see her taking on more romantic roles. But to sell herself short in the process? Clearly, even she knows that's just wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2010
Even the title announces, "We're not really making an effort here."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 13, 2010
Just Wright has the right actress -- in the wrong movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 13, 2010
Just Wright is as formulaic as they come, but at its core is a surprisingly tender romantic drama about two people falling in love in what feels gratifyingly like real-time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 13, 2010
Lest anyone need a reminder that conflict is the engine of drama, Just Wright provides a blandly agreeable one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2010
Queen Latifah's warmth has boosted middling movies like "Beauty Shop" and "Last Holiday," but she and costar Common can't strike enough sparks to ignite this weak romantic comedy.
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2010
The been-there, done-that nature of the plot doesn't take away from the undeniable sweetness found in Just Wright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 13, 2010
The Queen's got pride and heart, rare commodities in a genre that likes women to trip over their own stilettos. Katherine Hepburn demanded better. So does Latifah - and so should we.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2010
I like this film in part because it doesn't go full-cornball until the last quarter, and along the way, it actually finds ways to make everyone on-screen a human being.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 13, 2010
Sure, the movie is a formula. A formula that works reminds us of why it became a formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 12, 2010
The movie is a rigged game of clichés and platitudes, but fans will be pleased by additional proof that Latifah is a lovable Queen but not a pampered princess.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 12, 2010
Just Wright is probably best thought of as a fairy tale, from start to finish. It's just not a very good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 11, 2010
That absolutely no chemistry exists between them as love interests is the first of the many flaws in a film that also demands we believe the New Jersey Nets could become Eastern Conference champions.
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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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Andrew Barker
Variety
May 10, 2010
Painting by numbers often gets a bad rap: While it takes little originality to fill in the romantic-comedy blanks, even a simple, competent job can sometimes feel like a breath of fresh air.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 10, 2010
Just trite.