• PG, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    John Pasquin
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 20, 2002
  • 20th Century Fox


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Joe Somebody Reviews

Scott Foundas
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August 26, 2008

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Not something to write home about.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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November 5, 2002
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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Has the look and feel of an extended sitcom episode.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 19, 2002
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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While never truly funny or insightful, the movie works intermittently by digging a little deeper than you might expect.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 6, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

January 3, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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The movie makes smart use of the small-screen big-charm appeal of former Home Improvement star Tim Allen.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 21, 2001
Misha Berson
Seattle Times
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Aiming to punch holes in some male myths, John Scott Shepherd's script barely makes contact.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

December 21, 2001
Jan Stuart
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A formula comedy as affable and ineffectual as its hero.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 21, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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.

December 21, 2001
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Corny to the core.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

December 21, 2001
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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A made-for-TV movie dressed up like a feature film. Its plot is not only stale, it's been stale for decades.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 21, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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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

December 21, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 21, 2001

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 21, 2001
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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A surprisingly wistful, troubled film. It's not great; it's also not idiotic.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

December 21, 2001
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A scruffy, amiable misfire of a comedy, full of lame jokes and mixed messages.

December 21, 2001
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Joe Somebody continually squanders its opportunities for hilarity.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2001
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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The demands of formula eventually stifle anything that even looks like inspiration or honesty.

December 21, 2001
Charles Savage
Miami Herald
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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.'

December 21, 2001
James Berardinelli
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What's the holiday season without a turkey?

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[A] standard-transmission vehicle.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

December 21, 2001
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

December 21, 2001
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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If American Beauty were a bland comedy, it would be Joe Somebody.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

December 20, 2001
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A wet blanket of an underdog comedy that's a big loser in the laughs department.

December 16, 2001
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