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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    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.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Ensuing action is tamely PG-13 in terms of graphic violence. Despite competent performances and packaging, dialogue and situations in Aimee Lagos’ script are too routine to create much excitement.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    It’s a little dumb (OK, maybe more than a little), but No Good Deed is an otherwise brisk, efficient thriller that won’t punish audiences who drop in.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    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).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Women, children in peril in truly terrible thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that No Good Deed is a thriller about women and children being stalked and terrorized by a male killer. There's a pervasive sense of terror, and men are shot with guns, while women are bashed with blunt objects. One woman bashes and stabs the killer several times, but it has no effect. Wounds are shown, but the blood isn't excessive. Dead bodies are also shown. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k" and "s--t." Characters undress, but nothing sensitive is shown; it's all kept below the frame. Characters also dress in sexy outfits, and one talks excessively about sex. Characters drink wine and beer socially, and in one scene, a character gulps his glass of wine. A character smokes a cigarette. The movie's treatment of female characters is potentially offensive, as is its negative depiction of African-American characters.

  • Families can talk about No Good Deed's violence. How is it shown? Is it thrilling, scary, or brutal? What's the difference?
  • How is the violence toward men and the violence toward women different in this movie? What message does that send?
  • How did you feel about seeing young children in peril?
  • What is the fate of the character who seems to be the most sexually promiscuous? Is there a connection between her behavior and her fate?
  • How are African-American characters treated in this movie? Positively? Negatively?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The main message here is try to be a little bit smarter when a movie serial killer tries to play all the same old dumb tricks on you. Women and children are in peril throughout the movie. The killer shoots his male victims but bashes the female ones with blunt objects.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Terri is the only one who's somewhat sympathetic, but even she makes some rookie mistakes. The rest of the characters are either evil or dumb. Both female and African-American characters are depicted in a way that could be seen as offensive.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Pervasive threat of violence against women, as well as some actual violent incidents. A young girl and a baby are in danger. The killer shoots and kills two (male) guards and a male cop. He kills a woman by breaking her neck and smashing her head (off screen) with a telephone. He kills another woman by smashing her in the face with a shovel. A woman bashes the killer over the head with a fire extinguisher and a lamp and also stabs him with a knife, but he's not stopped until she shoots him several times in the chest. Bloody wounds are shown. There's also a car crash on a rain-slicked street.

  • sex false3

    Sex: One supporting character seems to be thinking about sex all the time. She's shown in a sexy jogging outfit and notices a shirtless worker nearby. She flirts with another man and talks about her carefree attitude toward sex. Another woman is shown in a revealing, low-cut dress. The killer forces the main character to change clothes; she removes her top, but nothing sensitive is shown -- it's all kept below the frame. The killer takes a shower to remove fire extinguisher chemicals from his face. He forces the woman (clothed) into the shower with him. He's naked, but nothing is shown. A secondary character is shown to be having an extramarital affair.

  • language false4

    Language: Language isn't very frequent but includes two uses of "f--k" and several uses of "s--t" or "bulls--t," plus one use of "a--hole."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters casually drink beer and wine. One character gulps down a glass of wine, but nothing comes of it; he doesn't seem drunk, and he doesn't drink much more afterward. A secondary character smokes one cigarette.