Life or Something Like It Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 9, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Life, though funny and sometimes charming, doesn't give Lanie a believable context in which to stop and smell the roses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Arizona Republic
June 13, 2002
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 2, 2002
Formulaic, delusional and about as accurate a depiction of life in television news (or something like it) as a Pillsbury bake-off.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 30, 2002
Cloaks a familiar anti-feminist equation (career - kids = misery) in tiresome romantic-comedy duds.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 29, 2002
[A] fun romp...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 27, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 26, 2002
Lanie, who suggests a blow-dried human Q-tip, is so jarring on the eyes, it's difficult to concentrate on the story.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 26, 2002
Oh, please. Stop and smell the manure.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 26, 2002
Life is a crock -- or something like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 26, 2002
Explain to me why the big studios keep making romantic comedies which are so lacking in romance and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 26, 2002
The whole exercise feels predictable and programmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2002
A worthy woman's film and Jolie's best showcase to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 26, 2002
The big question in Life or Something Like It isn't 'Will Lanie live?' or even 'Can Lanie change?' but 'Am I ever going to give a fig?'
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 26, 2002
What we have is a character faced with the possibility that her life is meaningless, vapid and devoid of substance, in a movie that is definitely meaningless, vapid and devoid of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Charles Savage
Miami Herald
April 26, 2002
The quirky potential of Herek's background and Jolie's charismatic persona ought to have been shaped into something more interesting than such pseudo-profound fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 26, 2002
A pleasant romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 26, 2002
A misshapen, generally misguided, unnervingly simplistic romantic comedy with a spiritual element that means to give viewers pause, but seems far more likely to give them giggling fits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 26, 2002
Its disparate elements never add up to approximating real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 26, 2002
Trying to glean life lessons from this movie is about as futile as hunting for an emotionally honest bone in its bloated body.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2002
This is an ungainly movie, ill-fitting, with its elbows sticking out where the knees should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
April 26, 2002
You may be galled that you've wasted nearly two hours of your own precious life with this silly little puddle of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 26, 2002
Partly a schmaltzy, by-the-numbers romantic comedy, partly a shallow rumination on the emptiness of success -- and entirely soulless.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 26, 2002
The relentless upbeatness of Life or Something Like It wrecks the possibility of either real laughter or genuine pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 26, 2002
The script lurches from banal formula ... to vacuous, cringe-worthy contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 26, 2002
Herek's direction is matter-of-fact and sometimes awkward.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2002
An adroit crowd-pleaser, and Jolie and Burns exude charisma and the right chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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April 25, 2002
A pleasant piece of escapist entertainment.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 25, 2002
Shepherd's script ... after going gooey, goes goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2002
The script by John Scott Shepherd and Dana Stevens weds every cliche of the careerist cautionary tale with the predictable beats of the romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 25, 2002
What's so striking about Jolie's performance is that she never lets her character become a caricature -- not even with that radioactive hair.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 25, 2002
Jolie gives it that extra little something that makes it worth checking out at theaters, especially if you're in the mood for something more comfortable than challenging.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 25, 2002
Mostly about slapping together a bunch of clichés -- outdated clichés at that -- regarding the loneliness of ambitious women.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 23, 2002
Life or Something Like It has its share of high points, but it misses too many opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4