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  • Summary: Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goesTerri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 10 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Sep 12, 2014
    60
    [A] perfectly serviceable thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Lindsey Bahr
    Sep 12, 2014
    50
    There's an intriguing premise buried in there that could have resulted in a smart look inside the mind of a malignant narcissist (which, the movie reminds us over and over again, was Jeffrey Dahmer's diagnosis too).
  3. Reviewed by: James White
    Nov 17, 2014
    40
    Elba's reunites with Luther director Sam Miller to lesser effect in a workaday home-invasion thriller.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Sep 12, 2014
    33
    By its end, No Good Deed becomes troublingly easy to read as a parable about the untrustworthiness of black men. The filmmakers may not have intended it that way, but the movie is so bereft of anything else that its forays into moralistic paranoia stick out.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 12, 2014
    30
    Elba, who recruited his former Luther director Miller into the project, gives the film more dignity than it deserves, and Henson delivers a performance of complex emotional shadings. But their fine work is utterly wasted in this B-movie exploitation thriller that would barely make for passable viewing on late night cable television.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Sep 12, 2014
    25
    In order to keep the flimsy narrative going, both allegedly brilliant characters are forced to act like morons throughout.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 12, 2014
    0
    No Good Deed is an example of the worst kind of exploitative thriller — and it’s being released during the worst possible week.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    Been waiting weeks for this one to come out. Don't get to the movies much these days because they're so awful! But I loved it Don'tBeen waiting weeks for this one to come out. Don't get to the movies much these days because they're so awful! But I loved it Don't think it's for most guys though Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2014
    8
    Idris Elba is a really good actor and he proves it in this suspenseful movie.Elba plays the psychopath perfectly and Taraji P.Henson is anIdris Elba is a really good actor and he proves it in this suspenseful movie.Elba plays the psychopath perfectly and Taraji P.Henson is an okay actress.The movie is really enjoyable.I highly recommend it. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    7
    This film had some incredible talent in front of the camera. The film was smart overall and played out very well. I think the only critique IThis film had some incredible talent in front of the camera. The film was smart overall and played out very well. I think the only critique I have is that this was a slow burn and for a film like this, I'd rather it had been a faster paced film. An upside to this film was to see a heroine who is running from the killer with two small children. It was original and well done. I really enjoyed this film overall. Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2014
    5
    Movie Title: No Good Deed
    PG-13, 1 hour 24 minutes
    Grade: C In a Nutshell: He’s creepy. She’s stupid. It’s all very predictable,
    Movie Title: No Good Deed
    PG-13, 1 hour 24 minutes

    Grade: C

    In a Nutshell: He’s creepy. She’s stupid. It’s all very predictable, but that didn’t stop the audience I watched the movie with from screaming, cheering and clapping. And yeah, 90% of the audience was middle-aged women who were happy to see the helpless female victim finally start to fight back and kick some bad guy butt.

    Uplifting theme: Don’t be stupid. Don’t open your door to strangers, especially to large, menacing men who could squash you with their finger. On a serious note, women need to know self-defense and how to handle a firearm.

    Things I liked:

    Idris Elba is excellent. He is equally convincing as a heroic character in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Thor , as he is as an escaped felon looking for psychotic revenge.
    Even though I thought the movie was pretty cliched, I still noticed that I was chewing my gum really fast. Despite your head knowing what’s going to happen, your heart still races.
    The beautiful Leslie Bibb plays Meg, Terri’s slutty and wise friend who offers some comic relief.
    The movie takes place in Atlanta. I lived in a suburb near Atlanta for 15 years and loved it. The movie would have benefited, however, from a few of those magical fireflies they have in the South.
    I wondered if this would be a remake of the 2002 Samuel L. Jackson movie No Good Deed , but it’s really not.

    Things I didn’t like:

    Terri could have gotten help from other people so many times during the ordeal. She’s supposed to be an educated District Attorney turned stay-at-home mom, but she makes some really dumb and annoying choices.
    It kind of feels like one of those Lifetime movies created for an estrogen-filled audience.
    I have to admit that I've uttered the phrase "No good deed goes unpunished" many times in my life when I have done something kind and yet it turned around to bite me. It happens. Still, it's important to not become so cynical that you stop serving others. You just have to be smart about it too.

    Interesting lines:

    “I would have thought with all those brains you got, you woulda figured out what game we’re playing.” - Colin
    “Why are you doing this?” - Terri

    “You’ll see.” - Colin

    Tips for parents: I’m not sure why this movie is rated R because it has 2 F-bombs. Idris Elba steps out of a shower and is naked, but because of the lighting, you don’t see anything. The beautiful Taraji Henson wears a tank top that gets wet in a scene…
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  5. Dec 28, 2014
    5
    While this movie does have solid performances by Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson and has some exciting moments sprinkled in, No Good DeedWhile this movie does have solid performances by Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson and has some exciting moments sprinkled in, No Good Deed suffers from being way too slow and very predictable along with having annoying shaky-cam, poor lighting, and really stupid characters. Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2014
    3
    Even though I still like Idris Elba, but this film just sending the wrong message to women everywhere. I think No Good Deed is no good at all.Even though I still like Idris Elba, but this film just sending the wrong message to women everywhere. I think No Good Deed is no good at all. It was a stupid idea to make a movie focusing on abuse, rape, sexual harassment, and acts of violence. There's nothing new to the party including a bland script, weak characters, a dose of a slasher flick meets a undetermined thriller movie, and nothing else comes close. I'm really sorry but don't see it. Women who were abused doesn't need to see this gruesome and sometimes disturbing movie alone. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2014
    0
    Stupid movie. It's cliche as **** predictable as **** There's a million other movies like it. The movies that have come out this year haveStupid movie. It's cliche as **** predictable as **** There's a million other movies like it. The movies that have come out this year have been awful, and this **** is no different. **** this movie. A 0 out of 10 is generous. Expand

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