How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 17, 2008
Like its humour, the film's charms also sneak up on us, and as we take this unlikely, hiccup-filled journey with Sidney, he surprisingly goes from obnoxious to endearing and we are cheering him on from the sidelines
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
October 14, 2008
Bridges, Pegg and even love-interest-by-numbers Kirsten Dunst do a fine job, but the material they're working with just isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 37/100
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 10, 2008
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People proves to be a sharp-edged weapon against our obsession with celebrity culture that never seems to take aim at any of the most deserving targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2008
Not every comic idea works, but the movie is often wickedly funny...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 10, 2008
"How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" is an average romantic comedy that's simply serviceable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 8, 2008
One has to wonder why director Robert B. Weide ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") chose to artificially pump up the comedy rather than find it naturally in the situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Peikert
New York Press
October 8, 2008
By some bizarre alchemy, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People has been translated to the screen as a Judd Apatow romantic comedy crossed with The Devil Wears Prada.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
October 8, 2008
Toothless, fact-based comedy about a socially inept entertainment journalist and his misadventures at a Vanity Fair-like magazine.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
October 8, 2008
Despite the best efforts of Pegg and Fox the movie is only mildly entertaining
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 7, 2008
S bit like a variant on the number-five dinner on a Chinese restaurant menu: Enjoyable enough at the time, but 30 minutes later you don't remember what you've eaten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
October 7, 2008
...one of those films that's dead on arrival. There's just nothing here worth salvaging.
| Original Score: 1/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 7, 2008
Hollywood took a mediocre script and hired Pegg, relying on his charms alone to carry the picture. Sorry, it just doesn't work that way. The movie has to be good too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
October 7, 2008
If one were to search for the instructions stated in the film's title (of how to lose one's friends and alienate people), one wouldn't get very far. Sidney doesn't have any friends to lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 3, 2008
It plays like a made-for-CBS redo of The Devil Wears Prada.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 3, 2008
What was good enough for the printed page -- a comic chronicle of our obsession with the shallow -- has been turned into the object of its own derision.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
October 3, 2008
Instead of skewering self-important stars and vapid journalists, Friends gets muddled in slapstick and crude humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 3, 2008
It seems Weide and Pegg were determined to make good on their title How to Lose Friends& Alienate People. You can sum up their results in two words: mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 3, 2008
My guess is it'll alienate you, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 3, 2008
When a movie features two spit takes in the first 15 minutes, it's a pretty clear indicator of which way the rest of the farce will go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2008
A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism and has much to recommend it once you get past its unwieldy title, which sounds like something that would get slapped on a self-help book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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