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Joe Somebody (2001)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 68

Amiable, but extremely lightweight and predictable.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 20

Amiable, but extremely lightweight and predictable.



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Movie Info

Following their television series Home Improvement and the features The Santa Clause (1994) and Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), the actor/director team of Tim Allen and John Pasquin collaborate once again on this high-concept comedy. Allen stars as Joe Scheffer, a nice guy video specialist for a Minneapolis pharmaceutical company who's plodding through both his thankless job and an unhappy divorce from his ex-wife Callie (Kelly Lynch). When Joe brings his daughter Natalie (Hayden Panettiere) to the


Drama, Comedy

John Scott Shepherd

Aug 20, 2002


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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (68) | DVD (16)

Not something to write home about.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Has the look and feel of an extended sitcom episode.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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While never truly funny or insightful, the movie works intermittently by digging a little deeper than you might expect.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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I'd rather see a whole movie about an aging B-movie actor and forget about all the stuff with Tim Allen.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The movie makes smart use of the small-screen big-charm appeal of former Home Improvement star Tim Allen.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Aiming to punch holes in some male myths, John Scott Shepherd's script barely makes contact.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Talented actors are wasted on bad script.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

O arco dramático vivenciado pelo personagem de Tim Allen consegue, por vezes, comover e despertar uma identificação com o espectador. Pena que o filme, em sua insistência em se afirmar como comédia, tente criar piadas tão vazias e mal-sucedidas.

August 16, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Much of the running time is devoted to dramatic subplots and other such misguided attempts at pathos.

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

There is a definite threat behind this man's eyes.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source:

Bearing clear marks of a film made strictly to pay the bills, its performances are phoned in and its direction is eminently average.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A cliched-filled family film with lines and situations so predictable, audiences will be left groaning rather than laughing.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An entertaining diversion and if you want a light film to just sit back and relax to, then this might just be your movie.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat

The sort of feeble redemption story Hollywood often palms off on the film-going public.

November 11, 2002 Full Review Source:

It has a lot of heart and offers enough amusing situations and lines to keep most viewers happy, at least the female ones.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Pure sitcom material that could easily be polished off in 30 minutes, with laugh track.

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

If you're sitting through this flick searching for the two or three mild chuckles, you're in for an experience akin to that old "needle in a haystack" scenario.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

...viewed as something like an expanded television sitcom, the film works pretty well, but do you really want to spend any more than thirty minutes time with it?

August 17, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Neither abysmally bad nor truly good, this is filmmaking McDonald's-style: You know early on what you've let yourself in for and, while it's not too tasty, it's reasonably easy to digest.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

A cloyingly mechanical wannabe comedy in the worm-turns mode.

January 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A movie unsure of what it wants to be: a drama about a man wrestling his personal demons or a light-entertainment vehicle for its star, Tim Allen.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Audience Reviews for Joe Somebody

Saw it in the theater, only one in there. Movie drags, Tim Allen movies have very little mojo but he always give good performances.
July 8, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Very oddly plotted and thought out, but it has points that make you chuckle, and other points where you want to punch yourself in the face! Both ways are very balanced out, therefore, I sort of liked it I guess!
May 5, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Joe...Schmo. Average, Predictable and half-boring movie. Good cast though
January 10, 2009
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

Not a bad family comedy with Tim Allen turned himself as nice guy into tough guy for his chance to fight against a bully at work. The warm-hearted relationship between Allen and Hayden Panettiere makes this a winner for pre-teens.
April 14, 2007
Dean McKenna

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