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A Journal for Jordan (2021)



Critic Consensus: 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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Directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family.

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Michael B. Jordan
as Charles Monroe King
Chanté Adams
as Dana Canedy
Joey Brooks
as Aaron Sandberg
Spencer Squire
as Rosenblum
Doris McCarthy
as Airline Passenger
Lauren Yaffe
as Parkgoer
Stephen Sherman
as Times Journalist
Vivian Adams
as Janitor
Vince Tumeo
as Party Guest
Vincent Tumeo
as Party Guest
Nate Luis Silva
as Columnist
Marisol Correa
as DC Tourist
Bob Leszczak
as Diner Patron
Sean W. Ryal
as Tourist
Ingalls Grant Wilder
as 1998 Bar Patron
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Critic Reviews for A Journal for Jordan

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (21)

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.

January 23, 2022 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A Journal For Jordan is probably better suited to the page than the screen.

January 20, 2022 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 20, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's well told, tidy, and laudable.

January 7, 2022 | Full Review…

The personal voice Canedy provided in her memoir that made her book so thoughtful, so memorable is missing.

December 30, 2021 | Full Review…
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