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Life as We Know It (2010)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 25

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.



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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


Drama, Comedy

Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson

Feb 8, 2011


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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.

October 12, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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The title becomes a depressingly self-fulfilling prophecy: This is movie life as we have all come to know it.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)
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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.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comment (1)
Houston Chronicle
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It aims for comfort food, but ends up with leftovers.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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Yes, there are some twists, a nice comedic turn or two, but the inevitable hook-up of dueling opposites is never anything but inevitable.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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As disposable as one of those diapers.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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How much you like Life As We Know It greatly depends on your tolerance of Katherine Heigl.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
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.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

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

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

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

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

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

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

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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.

November 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

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

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
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.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source:

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.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Comment (1)
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..
August 22, 2012
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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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.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Two unlikely singles are thrown together to look after their goddaughter when their best friends died suddenly. Good cast.
April 23, 2011
Candy Rose

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    1. Holly Berenson: They love Sophie more than anything in the entire world, and out of everyone, Messer, they picked us.
    – Submitted by Marina M (23 months ago)
    1. Eric Messer: Having somebody help you doesn't mean that you failed.
    – Submitted by Eizen B (2 years ago)
    1. Eric Messer: It's a Saturday night and I just wanna have some fun.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (2 years ago)
    1. Janine Groff: Honey you got some shit on your face.
    – Submitted by Julia T (2 years ago)
    1. Holly Berenson: Ya she's sick,how you gonna fix it? With your magic penius?
    – Submitted by Julia T (2 years ago)
    1. Holly Berenson: Eat Now!
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
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