Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 80
    Baruchel... plays Ross with a winningly earnest goofiness, while Johnson skillfully navigates the darkly comic territory of being over the hill and irritated by everything and everyone who reminds him of his glory days.
  2. These attorneys quickly become characters, not just caricatures, and make "Just Legal" very easy to enjoy.
  3. 75
    There is something extraordinarily appealing about the show's central pair.
  4. 70
    The plotting is OK, the dialogue is better and the two leads are appealing.
  5. If you can ignore for a moment a logical flaw that permeates the series, you'll find an absorbing, well-paced legal drama with both heart and attitude, not to mention cinematography good enough to carry the Jerry Bruckheimer imprimatur.
  6. 70
    Sure, this has all been done before, but familiarity doesn't make Just Legal any less fun.
  7. Mr. Johnson is surprisingly deft, and even at times poignant, in the part. Even when the plot and other characters turn cartoonish, he manages to strike a deeper chord.
  8. 63
    There's promise here, as long as it gets grittier and funnier, and doesn't descend into bombast.
  9. It's rather old-fashioned, except that there's something real about the chemistry.
  10. There's something weirdly charming about the pair's chemistry.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    60
    Mostly overcomes its contrived premise and clichéd courtroom theatrics with well-played characters you might actually root for.
  12. 50
    A gimmicky, cliched legal drama that seems to have been unearthed from 20 years ago.
  13. The constant moral back-patting leaves me feeling, well, limp. [30 Sep 2005, p.87]
  14. By no means is "Just Legal" a top-notch drama as yet, but it certainly has potential to be agreeable lighter fare.
  15. Baruchel and Johnson (who is quite appealing in his role) have real chemistry.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    It's Don Johnson's irascible charm as a boozing, bottom-feeding barrister that occasionally elevates this hour above its mundane legal jockeying.
  17. 40
    It's a formulaic, lazily devised legal series that fails to surprise or amuse.
  18. 40
    The central issue about Just Legal is that it's such a predictable series.
  19. "Just Legal" is just tedious.
  20. 0
    Give it credit for consistency: a bad concept, badly written for bad actors.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 55
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 55
  3. Negative: 2 out of 55
  1. DebbieF.
    Sep 25, 2007
    10
    Please bring "Just Legal" back, my husband and I both liked the show very much.
  2. JenniferR.
    Sep 19, 2007
    10
    The show is great. PLEASE bring it back. Email me when it is scheduled. I check the t.v. guide everyday to see if it's on. Thank you.
  3. CHRISTOPHERG
    Apr 24, 2007
    10
    i loved the show it pissed me off when i found out it was canseled. there so much garbage on tv and when something go comes on without tits i loved the show it pissed me off when i found out it was canseled. there so much garbage on tv and when something go comes on without tits and ass it gets canseled. BRING IT BACK----BRING IT BACK--NOW Full Review »