Just Wright Reviews

  • 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

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