A Journal for Jordan

critic Reviews

, 39% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • A Journal for Jordan's affecting fact-based story stumbles onscreen thanks to Denzel Washington's undistinguished direction and overly sentimental approach.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    Adams is a vivacious screen presence with a twinkle in her eye, and Jordan can't quite match her, unable to draw out any real inner turmoil in a character who is respectable to a fault.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The chemistry between Jordan and Adams never gels (Charles appears slightly annoyed by Dana throughout), and there are a plethora of superfluous scenes that simply die on camera.
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    Whelan BarzeyEmpire Magazine
    A Journal For Jordan is probably better suited to the page than the screen.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Visually, the style is basic. Under the surface the movie has complexity enough to handle a story whose timeline - a zigzag of points between 1998 and 2018 - is just one potential tangle.
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    Marina AshiotiLittle White Lies
    Uninspired and ultimately forgettable.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    Director Denzel Washington and his stars do their best with this bland, shallow and awkwardly structured film.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    Chante Adams' excellent performance would be the reason to even consider seeing this.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    Its a bit of a shock, considering Washingtons track record of directing strong, dynamic stories (Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters and, most importantly, Fences), that he would make a movie this bland and lifeless.
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    John SerbaDecider
    A Journal for Jordan boasts a lot of talent behind and in front of the camera, but it never catches fire dramatically.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    In its smaller moments, the film manages to capture some resonant emotions both in the love story and depictions of parenthood and grief.
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