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I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 91

A limp comedy with a hopelessly outdated viewpoint on gender, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in rote Carrie-mode.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 31

A limp comedy with a hopelessly outdated viewpoint on gender, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker in rote Carrie-mode.



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Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks star in I Don't Know How She Does It, a comedy from director Douglas McGrath (Emma, Infamous) and producer Donna Gigliotti (The Reader, Let Me In). Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does It follows a Boston-based working mother trying desperately to juggle marriage, children, and a high-stress job. -- (C) Weinstein



Aline Brosh McKenna, Allison Pearson

Jan 3, 2012


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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (91) | DVD (3)

Oh, look, it's rich people in beautifully appointed houses and they're worried that the nanny might not arrive on time for them to make important morning meetings at work. Boo-hoo.

September 17, 2011 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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In the chick-flick world, hell is other women, and here specifically it's the stay-at-home wife and mother.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR | Comment (1)
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How nice it would have been had McKenna penned a couple of those audience-addressing interludes for Richard or Jack. What would these modern, succesful men tell us of themselves?

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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I Don't Know How She Does It purports to be about the difficult choices of modern motherhood, but it's too prim and cautious a movie to dip a pedicured toe into the murky waters of real choice.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate
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The main problem is that this Boston-set flick quite unselfconsciously presents itself as if it were a pop-culture first to express ideas about the working-mom balancing act.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A lot more watchable than its awful trailer indicates.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (4)
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This very typical romantic comedy flubs details repeatedly in order to reach the moments that it wants to reach.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

About as funny as lice.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The title could easily apply to star Sarah Jessica Parker, for how such a charmless actor has maintained such career longevity and popularity is a marvel.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source:


December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

A serviceable comedy about women who want to 'have it all,' 'I Don't Know How She Does It' takes a look at a working mother who faces the challenge of balancing her career and her family.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

If you enjoyed Sex and the City, you'll like this funny, sassy and fast-paced melting pot of domestic and business chaos, where the key to juggling is throwing, not catching

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Too real to be escapist and too sitcom-ish to be realistic... not dramatic enough to be a drama, not comedic enough to be comedy....

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

There's nothing particular strong or telling about its comedy.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The film uses its breezy comic tone to makes some raw points about the fidelity, motherhood and compromise.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

This sappy, crappy and condescending chick flick has been slapped together for those wishing to bask in the cinematic afterglow of the ever-radiant Sarah Jessica Parker.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Comment (1)
Herald Sun (Australia)

A good helping of amusingly sharp lines cannot save this uncomfortably odd beast.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

There is enough depth of drama to warrant a (short) TV series, but not a film.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieFIX

What saves things from becoming entirely dreary is its cast ...

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It ought to be easy to snark at this film, but the truth is it just left me feeling depressed. It's not how they do it that mystifies me, but why.

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

full review at Movies for the Masses

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

. . .the only possible way that it could have possibly had a happy resolution would have been if it had somehow turned into "Contagion" in the second half.

September 24, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

I Don't Know How She Does It is a lox -- and that may be an insult to smoked fish everywhere.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

She only sort of does it.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source:

Sarah Jessica Parker's career no longer seems to involve acting so much as nurturing brand identity.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

I don't know how she does it. Wait, yes I do. I just don't care.

September 20, 2011 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
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Audience Reviews for I Don't Know How She Does It

Cute. Predictable. A decent time killer. Love Greg Kinnear...not a big Sarah fan. Olivia Munn is wonderful.
December 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.

Not bad yet not that great either. The movie really doesn't bore you it's just that the theme and plot of the story is not so great or intriguing. This is probably strictly for girls since the main idea of the story is to show that woman can do it all and they can.

Kate Reddy (Parker) devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard (Kinnear) and their two young children. It's a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison (Christina Hendricks) performs on a daily basis, and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo (Olivia Munn) fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for--and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Brosnan), who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation.
February 21, 2012
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Short, sweet, frantic, and to the point. "I Don't Know How She Does It" is a pretty typical chick flick. It's about a woman named Kate(Sarah Jessica Parker) juggling marriage, kids, and a high stress job. Parker does a good job, as does the rest of the cast. The problem I had with the movie wasn't the acting, it was the way it was presented. First each character is constantly giving a testimony about Kate. Almost like the movie is a documentary. While it works sometimes, other times it is kind of annoying and ruins the flow of the movie. At an hour and ninety minutes it flies by pretty quick, and comes off just like Kate's life. All over the place, disorganized, and very frantic. By the end you'll say to yourself "I don't know how she did it". I'm not huge on chick flicks, so really this movie isn't for me. But up until she passed out, I think my wife enjoyed it. So as long as women enjoy it, then it accomplishes it's goal.
December 22, 2011
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

So glad I didn't pay money to see this one. Kind of found the whole movie insulting. All the cliches are there including the hardened career girl who doesn't want children, but suddenly does. Give me a break.
Sarah Jessica does a voice over which makes you feel like its an episode of Sex & the City. I wish it was.
Actually making me so cross I just downgraded it another half a star. I don't think this movie does any women any favors, quite frankly, not the mum's either. . More spreading of the BS that you can do and have it all.
I can remember reading the book a few years back, and I don't think I especially liked that either, but hoped the movie would be better as it has a decent cast and I do like a good chick flick. Give it a miss.
November 11, 2011

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    1. Kate Reddy: [from trailer] I love my work. Although sometimes I wish I didn't love it so much.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Kate Reddy: Instead of sleeping, I do the list.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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