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Someone Like You (2001)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 65

A light and predictable, if somewhat shallow, romantic comedy that's easy to sit through because of the charming leads.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 22

A light and predictable, if somewhat shallow, romantic comedy that's easy to sit through because of the charming leads.



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Based on Laura Zigman's 1998 novel Animal Husbandry, this romantic comedy centers on Jane Goodale (Ashley Judd), a talk-show producer who finds herself suddenly abandoned by her boyfriend (Greg Kinnear). After this untimely breakup, Jane begins to develop a thesis that male behavior is directly related to that of wildlife, with similar patterns existing in both. She studies the tendency for animals to be noncommittal and compares men to bulls, dogs, and other creatures. To prove her theories,


Comedy, Romance

Elizabeth Chandler

Sep 18, 2001


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It's neither clever nor that funny, the starry cast is underused, and the potential for a much wittier script never fulfilled.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A little lifeless.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Ashley Judd tries to make Jane interesting, but seems to be longing for some decent situations and dialogue -- and no bull.

March 30, 2001
Seattle Times
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A romantic comedy with insights into sex and relationships that are old and obvious.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Refreshingly funny.

March 30, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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All over the place, and seems to have been made by embittered married people.

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Newsday
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So-so romantic comedy for teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

While Judd and Kinnear are both quite good, it's Jackman that completely steals the show.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Desde o início da história fica óbvio, para o espectador, quem são as duas pessoas que dividirão o inevitável beijo final - e não há surpresa alguma neste aspecto. Infelizmente, o roteiro não se preocupa em explicar porque isso acontece.

May 24, 2003
Cinema em Cena

It's cheap and it's lowdown, and to those responsible for this exercise in devolution: Honestly, I'm not sure I want to know someone like you.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

'Nothing that you haven't wept or winced through during primetime TV but saved from the truly awful thanks to the performances of Judd and Jackman.'

January 23, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A movie that seems the essence of a trivial romantic comedy for its first half, then grows up and gets serious about life.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Displaying the same powerful charisma that won him rave reviews as Wolverine in X-Men, Jackman simply ignites the screen in all his scenes.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Movies like this soar or sink on the strength of their central couple, and the intoxicating combination of Judd and Jackman makes "Someone" well worth watching.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Visualmente no tiene mucho que ofrecernos y si vamos con la esperanza de ver una realización excelente, olvídenlo.

June 3, 2002

Hollywood needs to realize that it's not the '40s anymore; women don't need a man to be happy.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Gentle and cute, chatty and smart, the film at least holds our interest, mostly due to the sheer charm of its cast.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

...a pathetic mess...

September 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's about the most predictable -- and least original -- film you'll see for weeks.

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source:

Like cinematic Olestra, it'll slide right through your brain leaving no impression.

August 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Guardian

A sassy, romantic comedy about the battle of the sexes, Someone Like You is a delight.

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It is a well-directed, polished romantic comedy with top-notch acting talent.

July 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

That Jane will see the flaws of her theory is a given, but it's an intriguing, if uneven, journey of discovery.

May 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Someone Like You is as bland as its title.

May 6, 2001 Full Review Source:

Strong familiarity does not breed contempt, and that's all due to two pairs of words: Ashley Judd, Hugh Jackman.

May 3, 2001 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Someone Like You

The soft science about men's natural proclivity to hit-it-then-quit-it isn't terribly scintillating nor monumental. There's not much to this movie, but that kinda makes it somewhat enjoyable. Just some day-to-day dialogue and a couple cute/sad/sweet moments (Jane's cheerleading, Eddie running into Becca at yoga, Eddie looking out for Jane on New Year's).

I can't remember the last time I saw a character in a contemporary movie who wasn't a mob boss or a femme fatale light up a cigarette. There is seriously so much smoking! And the mention of WTC really dates the movie.
December 24, 2012

Super Reviewer

The story about the one that got away and the one she never saw coming.

Fun good movie about adult relationships that easy come by and easy go. You could learn a few things about this movie and apply them to your life, the most logic things in life are probably the one's you should take advantage of. It was very nice story and great actors were involved. Loved the ending, how could you not?

After a series of ill-fated relationships, Jane has finally met Mr. Right, Ray - he's emotionally available and not afraid of commitment. Six weeks into their blissful courtship, he asks her to move in with him, and they start looking at apartments. But then Ray starts to pull away, until Jane realizes that she's been dumped. Jane's womanizing coworker, Eddie, is looking for a roommate, and Jane moves in. Desperate to understand what happened and get over Ray, Jane comes up with a theory of interpreting male-female relations by observing the behaviors of animals. She shares this idea with a friend who works at a men's magazine and is given an anonymous editorial column devoted solely to her thoughts on the matter. But no one could have predicted the chord she'd strike among women with her theory, and the column's wild success makes Jane start to question her conclusions - and opens her eyes to what might be right in front of her.
August 6, 2011
Manu Gino

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I think it's a fun movie. Sure, it's a throwaway romantic comedy aside from the megaton star Hugh Jackman. He is showcased in this movie as a complete ladies man who likes leftover chinese food occasionally. Ashley Judd is always pretty dependable as an actress and this is no different, she's extremely good for her part. It also has Greg Kinnear as another slimeball, his trademark.
January 15, 2011

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