Arguably Perry's best film yet, Good Deeds is a poignant quotidian reflection on those most basic and frequently unanswered, even unasked questions: Who are we, where do we come from, and where we are going?
—Rob Humanick Slant Magazine
Perry holds back on the finger-wagging, eye-bulging tantrums. There were moments when I was grateful for that. There were others, like the kissy scenes between Perry and Newton, when I began to miss them.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...a soapy effort...
—Frank Sheck Hollywood Reporter
...relentlessly unsurprising in its plotting and borderline comical in its melodramatic flourishes.
—Joe Leydon Variety
As Wesley Deeds - get it? - Perry is stripped of Madea's fat suit and fright wig, but his performance is so muted, he might as well be swaddled in cloth.
—Sam Adams Onion AV Club
Good Deeds honors goodness, which isn't at all a bad thing, and it's not without moments of genuine feeling. But by the film's end, after watching a seemingly infinite number of dour close-ups of sober self-evaluation, I felt bludgeoned by thesis-driven dialogue and noble intentions.
—David DeWitt New York Times