The movie is a rigged game of cliches and platitudes, but fans will be pleased by additional proof that Latifah is a lovable Queen but not a pampered princess.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
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.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
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.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
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.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
Mary F. Pols - MSN Movies
Sure, the movie is a formula. A formula that works reminds us of why it became a formula.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
Even the title announces, "We're not really making an effort here."
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
You can almost see the studio accountants counting the demographic hot spots Just Wright should connect with as the movie reels by.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Just Wright is probably best thought of as a fairy tale, from start to finish. It's just not a very good one.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
Andrew Barker - Variety
A very rare contemporary romantic comedy that doesn't succumb to terminal stupidity.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Jason Anderson - Toronto Star
Technically speaking, this is a romantic sports comedy. We don't get many films in which these elements work well as a team.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
tries to do too many things
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
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.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
The audience, much like Latifah, is surprised and utterly won over by Common's disarming, nice guy affability beneath the intimidating aura.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
You've seen it before -- it lifts from Pretty Woman and The Truth About Cats & Dogs, to name a couple -- but you won't hate seeing it again.
Dave White - Movies.com
Flips the over-expressed male fantasy of the socially awkward guy who somehow ends up with the hottest girl.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Just about bearable.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
A bland Cinderella story that never steps out of its comfort zone.
- Daily Express
It might not be the blandest rom-com youve ever seen, but its sure within striking distance.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Utterly predictable, unbearably trite.
Marc Lee - Daily Telegraph
Easy-going and sweet-natured, this "romantic sports comedy" finally dissolves into a gooey mess of over-cooked comfort food.
It's rescued by the warmth of the two central performances. It also makes a pleasant change to see a woman of generous proportions land a handsome guy.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
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.
Sam Wigley - Total Film
Likeable turns from Queen Latifah, Common and Pam Grier elevate the fairly rote material -- no big surprises here -- into a fun, basketball-based spin on the romantic-comedy.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
If film titles get any lazier than this, I'm flying to Hollywood and setting fire to the Writers' Guild HQ building.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
For the romatically inclined, it's just right.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Stays watchable thanks to a charming, likeable performance from Queen Latifah, but it's also insipid, predictable, overlong and occasionally annoying.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
...a superior romantic comedy...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A good formula movie and it goes down its structural checklist with a sense of elan, a variation or two and a freshness in terms of the characters.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Hamri has grown more and more confident over her last three pictures, and she has learned to calmly focus on characters and small moments.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Cinematical
Sometimes, the stars and a smart script can outshine a formulaic framework.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
More of a straight romance movie than a romantic comedy, "Just Wright" is sweet enough, without being cloistering, to satisfy its audience.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
As romantic dramedies go, this one has a tinge of originality ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Hollywood stereotype keeps Latifah stuck in neo-Mammy mode. And Latifah isn't a good enough actress to reveal emotional aspiration; neither she nor Patton bring depth to the phenomenon of women who orbit around successful athletes.
Armond White - New York Press
I like this movie a lot.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
Queen Latifah's talents are wasted in this bland Cinderella story set against a professional sports backdrop.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Queen Latifah is just right as the lead in this romantic comedy
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A love story needs two sides to work -- and a love triangle, three -- and Common is simply unable to generate any chemistry with his co-stars.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Queen Latifah has enough chemistry with her costar Common to make you believe that she's really falling for him
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
"Just Wright" is, I'm sorry to say, just wrong.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's earnest and well-intentioned, but sloppy.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The romantic comedy Just Wright only halfway finds its footing as a comedy, and misses the mark entirely as a romance.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The New Jersey Nets reach the NBA conference finals in Just Wright, so it goes without saying the movie is a ludicrous fantasy.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Screen royalty elevates Just Wright from the rom-com heap.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Thankfully, Just Wright avoids the genre's current reputation to be better than expected - if just barely.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Positive messages galore in formulaic, teen-friendly romcom.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
- National Post
From the minute that Queen Latifah and Common share a scene together in this relatively light romantic tale, their combined screen charisma blends together in way that makes the generic script that follows much easier to take.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Just Wright tries to soften everybody's rough edges by the end, to an extent that defies dramatic logic.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
This ugly-duckling romance is as stale as last week's bagel.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
At its best moments, it's extraordinarily ordinary, and you don't have to be Goldilocks to know that ordinary is never just right.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
I can't imagine many viewers will be interested in watching Queen Latifah fade into the background for much of her own film.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Standard but pleasant love story containing enough intriguing elements to make you wish it was better.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The chemistry between Queen Latifah and Common is just wrong, but given the vibrant performance that Latifah gives, this romantic comedy may cut it for some looking for an evening's entertainment.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
In this completely rote modern romance, the only surprising plot element is that the New Jersey Nets, the favorite ball team of heroine Leslie Wright (Latifah), are basketball championship contenders.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
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.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Director Sanaa Hamri deserves credit for making us care about the film's entirely predictable proceedings, and for bringing a pair of rare specimens to the screen: Leslie and Scott are entirely likable, decent and honorable.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
In the realm of romantic comedies, "Just Wright" is just alright.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
"Just Wright" is close to a good romance, but its dribbling and missed shots caused it to be lackluster one for me.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Queen Latifah and Common don't quite score a slam-dunk, but it's a likable, NBA-flavored film.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Some of us would rather watch Dwight Howard act like Common can lead the Nets to a title. At least that fantasy isn't insulting.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
doesn't reinvent the romantic comedy genre like say a slam-dunk or alley-oop, but its stars make it an undeniable winner.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Just Wright is totally predictable, but the kind of story you want to believe in.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The flick follows every single cliche in the handbook but the movie is ultimately saved by the fantastic chemistry and genuine excitement of the two leading stars.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Like most romantic comedies, Just Wright has a core of plastic, but it's fortunate to have a cast that can cover the plastic with a veneer of humanity.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Unlike the real NBA, Just Wright has no Magic or Heat.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
It's sad to see Latifah's talent squandered on such cliches. Even worse is Paula Patton's role as Wright's golddigging godsister, who dreams of being an NBA trophy wife. Bench this fairy tale.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
It is simply a cheerful, enjoyable romance.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Queen Latifah is luminous, but a by-the-numbers premise, a lack of originality, and a wildly uneven script botch the outcome.
The plot has the standard ups and downs but an always-likable cast keeps us rooting for Scott and Leslie to realize that they are just right.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
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.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
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.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Here is a definition of star power. An actor who can take a script that is completely predictable and make it seem if not exactly fresh, still somehow charming. So it is with Queen Latifah
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Screenwriter Michael Elliot certainly hasn't come up with anything one would exactly call new, but the always likable Queen Latifah and rising star Common have charisma and chemistry to burn...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Just Wright has the right actress -- in the wrong movie.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Queen Latifah shines as an avid New Jersey Nets fan and an accomplished physical therapist who opens herself up to love and true adventure.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The sad thing is, this film had some promise.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
[A] tepid, almost conflict-free romantic drama...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Lest anyone need a reminder that conflict is the engine of drama, Just Wright provides a blandly agreeable one.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
uninspired and humorless
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Bland, predictable romantic vehicle for a miscast Queen Latifah.
Shirley Sealy - Film Journal International
Female body image police beware, the Queen is turning things around on the big screen and in a big way, for a beauty's only skinny deep change. And as opposed to the standard scrawny and hollow bimbo babe assembly line in movies.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The been-there, done-that nature of the plot doesn't take away from the undeniable sweetness found in Just Wright.
Kevin C. Johnson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This isn't an awful romantic comedy, just a frail and feeble attempt at one, marred by a predictable trajectory, clunky dialogue and a crushingly dull desire to be nice at all costs.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
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.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Here's the difference between Just Wright and most other romantic comedies: The main characters are likable. They're kind and sensible. You wish them happiness.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
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
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
One of those sappy comedies that presses so hard on your brain's pleasure centers that eventually it succeeds.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
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 cliches is now a best-case scenario.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Latifah has too much personality for this drivel and Common doesn't have enough.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Unfortunately, in Queen Latifah's first straight romance, the feisty side of her personality has been benched.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
One of those could-have-been-worse movies. But it also could have been much, much better.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine