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Life or Something Like It (2002)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 86

Though Jolie is appealing, Life or Something Like It is too contrived and predictable to convincingly convey its message of stopping to smell the roses.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 25

Though Jolie is appealing, Life or Something Like It is too contrived and predictable to convincingly convey its message of stopping to smell the roses.



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An egotistical TV reporter learns to appreciate the good things in life thanks to an eccentric, homeless clairvoyant in this old-fashioned romantic comedy from director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus). Seattle native Lanie Kerrigan (Angelina Jolie) has spent most of her adult existence trying to live down her gawky, geeky adolescence: She toils for hours at the gym to keep cellulite at bay; she's managed to snag an engagement to a star baseball player (Christian Kane); and through her chipper


Comedy, Romance

John Scott Shepherd, Dana Stevens

Oct 15, 2002


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Life, though funny and sometimes charming, doesn't give Lanie a believable context in which to stop and smell the roses.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Comes on like a romantic comedy with metaphysical pretensions, but somehow these opposing aspects manage to cancel each other out, leaving us with laugh-lite comedy and, well, metaphysical pretensions.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Formulaic, delusional and about as accurate a depiction of life in television news (or something like it) as a Pillsbury bake-off.

May 2, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Cloaks a familiar anti-feminist equation (career - kids = misery) in tiresome romantic-comedy duds.

April 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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[A] fun romp...

April 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Old fashioned date movie for older teens.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...mostly just dull and forgettable.

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

...Clearly displays the workmanlike instincts of its creative team, instincts which neither inspire greatness nor fail altogether.

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

What begins as a somewhat predictable Hollywood romantic comedy, spirals into a tender, sweet love story and opens the door to life's deeper and more meaningful issues.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The biggest revelation is that Angelina Jolie looks pretty hot when she's dolled up with big blonde hair.

December 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Una de esas que ver en video no daña a nadie...

November 13, 2002

Angelina Jolie's romance/comedy/drama isn't terribly romantic, comedic or dramatic.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Ms. Jolie tries her best to be sweet, brisk, and breezy, but the film's leaden pace and hackneyed plot won't allow her to be much more than a cardboard spectator...

October 15, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Whoever said 'blondes have more fun' may have been right, but that doesn't mean we have to PAY to watch it happen in such trivial fashion.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

The film carries itself with the same fake, contented evasiveness throughout.

August 23, 2002 Full Review

A predictable and contrived, yet somewhat enjoyable film that was spoiled by the preview.

July 9, 2002 Full Review

Making a "feather-light" comedy isn't an excuse for making a bad movie.

July 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

I wanted a great movie or something like that (and didn't quite get it). But if you're looking for a movie to watch on a rainy day when you want to skip work and stay home in bed with someone you love, it's not bad.

June 7, 2002 Full Review Source:

...(The film) asks Jolie to turn off the manic energy that has always been her calling card and to play a normal woman instead. You might as well try to cram a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloon into a dollhouse.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The film offered Jolie her first opportunity to star in a comedic role, and it proves she should stick to drama.

May 29, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

While the finished product is not without merit it's difficult to erase the bitter taste of squandered opportunities.

May 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

The only type of lives this glossy comedy-drama resembles are ones in formulaic mainstream movies.

May 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

If you can get past all the over-bearing 'Live your life for the moment' message, the movie can make your two hours pass by with a fair amount of enjoyment.

May 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Life or Something Like It

Not that bad of a film and you really can't predict the ending at all.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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Angelina is told she's going to die by a tramp and so sets about learning what's "important" in life by shagging a flat, characterless bloke who uses his young estranged son to get in her pants, and making Stockard Channing cry on national TV. I feel positively enlightened. The only appeal to this tackily directed piffle is Ms. Jolies easiness on the eye. Except in this she looks like a heroin addict with Margaret Thatcher's hair do.
March 12, 2007
xGary Xx

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As a huge fan of Angelina, I read about this movie and I thought "What the hell? Oh, I bet this is gonna be lame... nice title." but after a while I started wanting to see it more and more until on opening night I HAD to go. And I have to say the movie wasn't awful.. and it wasn't, like, the best movie I've ever seen. But it was fun.. I loved it.. and I'd definitely like to watch it again. The scene where the crowd was singing was kind of stupid and unrealistic.. but it was funny.. and like a lot of things I couldn't stop laughing at it. Haha. This is the kind of movie you watch when you just want to have some fun with a bunch of friends.. and if that's all your looking for then you'll love it too. Angelina was awesome, as usual, and the rest of the cast did pretty good too. If you thought this was a bad movie then you're probably just expecting too much from it. I thought it was great!
March 11, 2007

Super Reviewer

Y.A.W.N. The alternate title for this was a good movie or nothing like it.
November 20, 2006

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