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Joe Somebody Reviews

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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 26, 2008
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Not something to write home about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 5, 2002
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Has the look and feel of an extended sitcom episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 6, 2002
While never truly funny or insightful, the movie works intermittently by digging a little deeper than you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 3, 2002
I'd rather see a whole movie about an aging B-movie actor and forget about all the stuff with Tim Allen.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 21, 2001
The movie makes smart use of the small-screen big-charm appeal of former Home Improvement star Tim Allen.
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
December 21, 2001
Aiming to punch holes in some male myths, John Scott Shepherd's script barely makes contact.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 21, 2001
A formula comedy as affable and ineffectual as its hero.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 21, 2001
Joe Somebody gives Allen a piping chance to play it sensitive, sentient and, for all the right reasons, lovable. He takes that chance and does a first-rate job.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 21, 2001
Corny to the core.
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December 21, 2001
A made-for-TV movie dressed up like a feature film. Its plot is not only stale, it's been stale for decades.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2001
By the end of Joe Somebody, we are faced with the dismal prospect of being denied a climax, which, if it occurred, would be just as predictable as its substitute.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 21, 2001
It doesn't much succeed, but Allen and the bit of acid candor the script does muster do cushion its shortcomings.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2001
Joe Somebody sends audiences home happy but also with an awareness that happy endings have to be earned in real life as on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 21, 2001
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 21, 2001
A surprisingly wistful, troubled film. It's not great; it's also not idiotic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 21, 2001
A scruffy, amiable misfire of a comedy, full of lame jokes and mixed messages.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 21, 2001
Joe Somebody continually squanders its opportunities for hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 21, 2001
The demands of formula eventually stifle anything that even looks like inspiration or honesty.
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
December 21, 2001
There's plenty of ABC After School Special dialogue here, along the lines of 'You've gotta find people in life who are there for you whether you're somebody or not.'
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 21, 2001
What's the holiday season without a turkey?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 21, 2001
[A] standard-transmission vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2001
Joe Somebody is such a lightweight film it's like watching a smoke ring -- just about the time you start to pay attention, it gets all fuzzy and floats away.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2001
If American Beauty were a bland comedy, it would be Joe Somebody.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2001
A wet blanket of an underdog comedy that's a big loser in the laughs department.