I Don't Know How She Does It Reviews

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New York Times
June 27, 2013
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
September 17, 2011
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.
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September 16, 2011
In the chick-flick world, hell is other women, and here specifically it's the stay-at-home wife and mother.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 16, 2011
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 16, 2011
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.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 16, 2011
A lot more watchable than its awful trailer indicates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 16, 2011
A meager one-joke comedy peopled by stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 16, 2011
The film is so bad it's hard to imagine anything saving it.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 16, 2011
Like its main character, "I Don't Know How She Does It" tries to do everything, but it doesn't quite succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
September 16, 2011
Any working mother is bound to see herself in this. Provided she is also a fictional character on a sitcom, that is.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 15, 2011
Though it aims to be a sharply humorous look at the mommy wars, I Don't Know How She Does It has nothing remotely new or comical in its arsenal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 15, 2011
Spiffy-looking, well-intentioned but ultimately witless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 15, 2011
Why was a string of sitcom problems stretched to 91 minutes?
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 15, 2011
"I Don't Know How She Does It" seems stuck in the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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September 15, 2011
What the hell happened to Sarah Jessica Parker?
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 15, 2011
It's not that I Don't Know How She Does It tells actual lies about working motherhood - many of its observations and jokes are on point - it's just that it omits the edge, the desperation of a woman on the verge.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 15, 2011
Leaves you wondering why nobody involved with this film seems to have ever met an actual working mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 2011
In describing the conflict of a woman who has it all without enjoying it all, Pearson's book had teeth. McKenna's screenplay has only a smile. But is it ever good to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 15, 2011
The result is like that bake sale pie: All the ingredients are there, but it's really sloppy and not quite fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Hayley Kaufman
Boston Globe
September 15, 2011
Occasionally veers so far into absurdity that it manages to make its central character - capable, smart, working mom Kate Reddy - look like a nitwit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
September 15, 2011
It's smart, swanky, and good-looking, but strangely, it's not all that funny.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 15, 2011
For roughly 70 minutes, I Don't Know How She Does It comes across as smart and witty, then it throws all that away in its quest for the perfect conclusion. "Perfect" in this case is synonymous with "fairy tale."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 15, 2011
Like Parker's character, I Don't Know How She Does It wants to have it all, and has trouble committing to a course of action.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 15, 2011
We know how she does it. The better question is: Why should we care?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2011
"I Don't Know How She Does It" doesn't know how to do what I think it's trying to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 15, 2011
For a movie, it's pretty good at that balancing act Kate works so hard to achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2011
I don't know why she does it.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
September 14, 2011
Subtlety is never this movie's strong point; then again, it's nearly impossible to pinpoint what this movie's strengths are.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 14, 2011
The idea that working moms feel the strain of achieving some balance more than working dads is nothing new. And that's true of most everything in the movie. We've been here and done that, repeatedly, over the past 25 years or more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 14, 2011
"I Don't Know How She Does It" suggests what might have happened to Carrie if she had two kids with Mr. Big to worry about, and less time to obsess over her wardrobe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 13, 2011
What I don't know: why these movies keep getting made.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 12, 2011
I Don't Know How She Does It is a cliché-ridden, misogynistic mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 12, 2011
Parker reminds you what a dizzy, all-in, high-risk comic actress she can be when she's not too busy showing off the couture.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2011
Fortunately McGrath ultimately moves beyond the shtick and keeps things moving at an agreeable pace, relying on his talented ensemble to capably close the deal.