Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

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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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For all his life, wealthy businessman Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has done what's expected of him and has settled into a predictable routine. His life begins to change, however, when he meets Lindsey Wakefield (Thandie Newton), a struggling single mother who has just been evicted. Wesley offers to help Lindsey get back on her feet and, though he's already engaged, romantic sparks begin to fly. Suddenly, Wesley finds himself torn between what is expected of him and what he really wants.

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Critic Reviews for Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (23)

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

    February 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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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 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • There aren't a lot of laughs in "Good Deeds," and it could have used more of them.

    February 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • An otherwise unremarkable pic that takes what feels like a very long time to unwind a drearily predictable storyline.

    February 24, 2012

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

  • Jun 25, 2012
    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.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2012
    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!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2012
    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...
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2012
    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.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer

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