“Think Like a Man,” a film adaptation of Steve Harvey’s self-help book for women, has divided critics. The comedy currently holds a 54 percent fresh rating among top critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
But there’s something most can agree on, even if they gave the film a negative review: The cast is great.
The nine main characters in "Think Like a Man" might be archetypes-bordering-on-stereotypes, but all manage to resemble authentic human beings, thanks to the terrific actors who play them.
Forget hackneyed cliches about Players and Dreamers and the scheming women who seek to domesticate them. Focus on the pleasures of watching a group of gifted actors spar and seduce each other with genuine warmth, and "Think Like a Man" just might go straight to your head.
Read more critics sing the praises of “Think Like a Man’s” cast below.
Alonso Duralde for The Wrap: “Perhaps the greatest achievement of ‘Think Like a Man’ is that it gives criminally underused actresses like [Gabrielle] Union, [Meagan] Good and [Taraji P.] Henson the chance to star in a movie that appreciates their talents. So often wasted in small roles, these three get to flirt, crack wise and be the focus of attention.”
Elizabeth Weitzman for the New York Daily News: “Every primary cast member is appealing, elevating the disposable plot — men and women are in constant battle, yawn — into a funny, sexy take on contemporary dating. Middling lines are delivered with sharp sass; tired stereotypes are . . . well, still tired, actually (women manipulate and nag, men lie and evade). But at least the actors offer gentle twists that take away some of the sting.”
Owen Gleiberman for Entertainment Weekly: “And the actors make good company. I especially liked Romany Malco as the velvet-smooth player Zeke; Meagan Good as the spiky Mya, who finds it hard to stick to her dating-war codes; and Kevin Hart as the hilariously raging Cedric, who can't stop jabbering about the divorce he only thinks he wants.”
Stephen Whitty for the Star-Ledger: “It’s also overcomplicated, with at least two too many characters. Yet in a way, the overabundance of roles is a good thing, because it means a lot of work for underused African-American actors. The always terrific Taraji P. Henson, for example, is marvelous as the MBA who’s set her sights so high, she doesn’t realize what a diamond in the rough Michael Ealy is.”
Claudia Puig for USA Today: “While the outcomes of the individual romances portrayed are fairly predictable, the chemistry among the cast members makes this more entertaining than most ensemble rom-coms.”