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People Like Us (2012)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 50

Though calculated and melodramatic, People Like Us benefits from a pair of solid leads and its rare screenplay that caters to adult filmgoers.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 18

Though calculated and melodramatic, People Like Us benefits from a pair of solid leads and its rare screenplay that caters to adult filmgoers.



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From DreamWorks Pictures comes People Like Us, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world


Drama, Comedy

Oct 2, 2012


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All Critics (113) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (50)

It seems ridiculous to dance around plot details when the movie allows the audience to get ahead of the story and to stay there as events laboriously unfold.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comment (1)
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It's encouraging to see a wielder of studio heft test his mettle with the all-too-human. In a season of superheroes and their nemeses, Kurtzman takes on characters hurting, hoping, trying to rise to the occasion of family.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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People Like Us seems to have been devised for audiences who want to experience an entire year's worth of soap opera complications in a single sitting.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Some of the strongest writing in any movie so far this year.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard
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A good payoff, but the middle drags.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source:
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What they've really done is stitch together a decade's worth of Katherine Heigl/Jennifer Aniston/Kate Hudson romantic comedies, and then cut out all the romance and most of the comedy.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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these kind of movies push the buttons so hard and so shamelessly that they become annoying

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Alex Kurtzman taps his family tree for enough sap to start a treacle factory.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

( ... ) the cinematography offers domestic drama pleasures in its own right. Thank you for caring, Salvatore Totino (Cinderella Man / Any Given Sunday).

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

There's an intriguing true story buried inside this overly structured drama, and by playing by simplistic screenwriting rules the filmmakers make everything trite and predictable.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source:

People like me who prefer subtlety just won't like People Like Us.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Kurtzman directs with a heavy hand and huge earnestness, but it boils down to trite platitudes about fatherhood and family.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Nothing Like Us would have been more accurate.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Chris Pine's alpha obnoxiousness, even when deliberate, goes a long way to render this prodigal-son drama unappetising.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Engaging, enjoyable and unabashedly sentimental drama, enlivened by a strong script and tremendous performances from a superb cast.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

People like you may enjoy it.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The ending is not only clever, but it will have an emotional kick, too, in all but the hardest of hearts.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Banks makes a feisty soccer-mom, Wilde has nothing to do but look frostily on, and Pine smoulders pointlessly at everyone he meets, completely failing to suggest anything but complete vapidity.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

No gimmicks, quirks or high-concept premise: this is one of those rare, quietly engaging films that is simply about ordinary people trying to relate to each other.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Fans of Pine's eyebrows will enjoy all the bushy furrowing, but otherwise, there are more important things to cry about.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Certain elements of the plot are uneven but a number of captivating performances and an intriguing premise elevate People Like Us above standard drama fare.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

People Like Us is well-meaning and features good performances, but the story is a mess of contrivances and dumb narrative decisions that fail to hold any interest.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

People Like Us wasn't made for me. If it was made for you, you'll probably like it, if you don't spend the entire running time waiting for two siblings to make out.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

An affectionate drama marked and buoyed by engaging performances. The movie's apex of catharsis is a genuinely nice payoff, but the home stretch it takes to get there bends a bit too much toward convenience.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

... rises above its Lifetime-channel trappings ...

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Examines the costs of broken, fatherless relationships in subtle but direct ways. Yet it is not a downer of a movie, nor is it superficially cheery. A great cast helps.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for People Like Us

People Like Us was a good movie with a great cast. The story was really good. I loved that Sam started out self absorbed to by the end being so open and loving. His mother and father really did a number on him. She is where I think he got his selfish ways. The fact that she made her husband give up a relationship and any kind of connection with his daughter really made me dislike her.
I loved Pine and Banks together on screen. They flowed well together making is very easy to believe they had a close connection. I think Michael Hall did a great job in this. He held his own with these actors. I look forward to see how he does in future films.
The ending was really sweet. It couldn't have ended in an any better way.
It is a great family drama. I will definitely be seeing this again.
May 20, 2013

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This has to be under everyone's radar and that's a true shame. I can't recommend it enough if you're looking for a truly moving film about fractured families and fractured souls.

I was completely blown away by this movie and by every single performance. If I were an Academy member and I saw this film I would immediately place the names Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer at the very top of my Oscar nominations lists. Honestly, everyone is just that good in these roles especially Banks. Hers is the best performance I've seen this year bar none. The movie itself is so wonderfully written and packs true emotional resonance. The plot may sound cliché but nothing is handled in a predictable or unreal fashion. Secrets are revealed and it sheds new life on family and the meaning of love. To paraphrase: what seems important now really isn't and what's may seem not important now really is... there's a lot to digest about this film. One thing's for sure, if you "lean in to it" and give this movie your time and undivided attention you will not be sorry that you saw it. 5 Stars 2-7-13
February 12, 2013
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A fine little gem featuring solid performances from Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Very moving. Heartwarming. Very well done...complete with the most absolutely perfect ending.
January 20, 2013

Super Reviewer

i loved this movie!!
December 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Frankie: He is survived by his wife and son. So it's official: I don't exist.
    – Submitted by Jaekyu Y (21 months ago)
    1. Sam: Most doors in the world are closed, so if you find one that you want to get into, you damn well better have an interesting knock.
    – Submitted by Norbert K (23 months ago)
    1. Josh: I blew up a pool today. Carol was pissed. Now I have to go to kid therapy and play with blocks until I cry.
    – Submitted by Shanna L (2 years ago)
    1. Frankie: The last thing I remember about my dad is the tail-lights as he drove away and I never thought what's wrong with him, I thought 'what's wrong with me that he would leave and never come back.' [paraphrased from memory]
    – Submitted by Tim H (2 years ago)
    1. Frankie: You lied about being in recovery. That is sacred.
    – Submitted by Pam G (2 years ago)
    1. Sam: Jim, that's my year!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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