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Life as We Know It (2010)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 104

Critics Consensus: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel make a charming couple with plenty of chemistry, but that isn't enough to make up for Life as We Know It's formulaic plot and poorly written script.

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel make a charming couple with plenty of chemistry, but that isn't enough to make up for Life as We Know It's formulaic plot and poorly written script.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 81,579


Movie Info

Two people who can't stand each other are forced to care for the same child in this domestic comedy drama starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Holly (Heigl) is a caterer whose career is just getting off the ground; Eric (Duhamel) directs sports for a major network. Their first date was a nightmare, and now they're about to become a family. When their goddaughter Sophie's parents both perish in a tragic accident, Holly and Eric are informed that they were singled out as Sophie's caretakers … More

PG-13 (for sexual material, language and some drug content)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Ian Deitchman , Kristin Rusk Robinson
In Theaters:
Feb 8, 2011
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Life as We Know It

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (104) | DVD (10)

We keep seeing Heigl's potential as a fine comic actress and, the curse of optimism, continue to be disappointed when she betrays her best instincts.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The title becomes a depressingly self-fulfilling prophecy: This is movie life as we have all come to know it.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Top Critic

Watching Duhamel and Heigl discover the joys and pains of parenthood is cute as far as it goes, but their story can't progress too far until the kid is out of diapers.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It aims for comfort food, but ends up with leftovers.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Yes, there are some twists, a nice comedic turn or two, but the inevitable hook-up of dueling opposites is never anything but inevitable.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

As disposable as one of those diapers.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

How much you like Life As We Know It greatly depends on your tolerance of Katherine Heigl.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
7M Pictures

Josh Duhamel props up Heigl and makes this wildly uneven comedy her best rom-com since "Knocked Up."

Full Review… | January 31, 2013
Movie Nation

Sure, we know where the story is headed but a few funny scenes and the chemistry between the two leads make this a solid date movie.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

while there is some chemistry between [the leads], it's wasted as the shambolic plot gives them nowhere to go.

Full Review… | August 30, 2011
The National

Life As We Know It is Studio Filmmaking As We Fear It.

Full Review… | April 5, 2011

A half-decent, half-trite, mostly mediocre bowl of mushy strained baby food.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

If you have a taste for poop and projectile-vomit jokes, you'll find some chuckles ... but don't go out of your way to hire a babysitter.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
Movie Talk

The core idea of the film is as off-putting as the way in which the premise is depicted.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It does nothing new, offers nothing new, attempts nothing new, a formula picture from beginning to end.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Genuinely heartfelt and surprisingly effective in the departments of both laughs and tears, and represents an uptick in the notably declining career of star Katherine Heigl.

Full Review… | December 27, 2010
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | November 20, 2010
Movies for the Masses

As cheerily banal and smilingly forgettable as its slice-of-life comic-strip title. Should really be called Bringing Up Baby in Bourgeois-Land. This isn't a realistic, romantic, or comic family anyone should give a baby-poop about.

Full Review… | November 2, 2010
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The only reason I gave this two stars is because director Greg Berlanti has a knack for directing a bevy of babies.

Full Review… | October 30, 2010
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

The film should end a half-hour earlier than it does, but I guess we needed another film in which someone brings their disruptive kid to work or another scene where a desperate lover rushes through an airport.

Full Review… | October 30, 2010
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

In lieu of any real humour, we are subjected to a parade of tired spew-and-poo baby jokes and the age-old odd couple scenario, which Heigl and Duhamel admittedly handle nicely despite a flat script.

Full Review… | October 24, 2010
The Standard

Every now and then a movie that promises to be an absolute car wreck, actually isn't.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010

There are way too many nappy and baby spit jokes and not much more. The novice parent has been a cinema staple for years, but this one is lame. It makes Kindergarten Cop seem profound.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The two leads are attractive but I'm constantly irritated by the characters that Heigl takes on, they are not unintelligent but they're stupid.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
At the Movies (Australia)

This brisk, completely predictable confection does have one worthwhile nod to realism: Sophie takes in The Wiggles, The Wonder Pets and has Leonardo the Terrible Monster in her library. That rings true in a way Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel never will.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Despite the film's initial overloading of suburban stereotypes, the easy gags about promiscuity, baby vomit and nappy changing gradually give way to a pretty decent, if strictly formulaic, yarn about commitment and unexpected life changes.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Life as We Know It


Actually this movie offers nothing special, the story flows very flatly with a predictable ending but there's no climax just like any other rom-com.. Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel made a lovely couple in this movie, even though there's nothing special in their performances.. But one thing that made me can't rate this movie bad is I happen to like this movie.. Even though the movie offers nothing new and looks absurd at the beginning, but I just happen to enjoy every minute of it..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

I really liked this film. Despite the obvious ending, it was a really heart warming film and a great family film to watch. Katherine Heigl is brilliant as always and Josh Duhamel is absolutely gorgeous and plays his role exceptionally well. A must see! Will make you smile throughout the whole of the film, despite the poignant scenes which are absolutely heart wrenching.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Two unlikely singles are thrown together to look after their goddaughter when their best friends died suddenly. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Another movie that proves that two adorable opposites attract :) In this adorable movie Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) & Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) refered to as Messer, start off their relationship with a horrible date set up by their friends Peter and Alison Novak who die in a horrible crash. This leaves it up to Holly & Eric to take care of their daughter, Sophie. What first starts off as a hateful relationship turns into a love of a family that will last a lifetime. I really enjoyed this movie and so will you! :) :) :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

Life as We Know It Quotes

Holly Berenson:
They love Sophie more than anything in the entire world, and out of everyone, Messer, they picked us.
– Submitted by Marina M (2 years ago)
Eric Messer:
Having somebody help you doesn't mean that you failed.
– Submitted by Eizen B (2 years ago)
Eric Messer:
It's a Saturday night and I just wanna have some fun.
– Submitted by Kaye E (2 years ago)
Janine Groff:
Honey you got some shit on your face.
– Submitted by Julia T (2 years ago)
Holly Berenson:
Ya she's sick,how you gonna fix it? With your magic penius?
– Submitted by Julia T (2 years ago)
Holly Berenson:
Eat Now!
– Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)

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