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People Like Us Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
Alex Kurtzman taps his family tree for enough sap to start a treacle factory.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
September 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Eddie Harrison
The List
November 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
June 28, 2012
The problem with this plot is that it's one of those stories that pivots entirely on the fulcrum of the One Big Lie. An untruth is told, and the rest of the movie turns into an exercise in waiting around until the moment when everything is revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
June 29, 2012
Clunky, cloying, and contrived People Like Us limps to its lump in the throat conclusion infused mainly by fine performances by Michelle Pfeiffer and youngster Michael Hall D'Addario.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2012
I like smart movies about smart people, and enjoy it when most of the facts are on the table and we can contemplate them together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2012
Kurtzman ... hammers every scene and eye blink with a heavy hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 30, 2012
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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 24, 2012
This dry-as-dust enterprise bogs down in an almost total lack of energy and imagination that no amount of faux earnestness can overcome.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Alex Zane
Sun Online
November 9, 2012
People like me who prefer subtlety just won't like People Like Us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2012
People, like us? Please? Nah ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2012
If not for the icky air of incest, Pine and Banks would make one fine-looking couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 28, 2012
Title withstanding, these people are nothing like us if, by "us," we mean real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Laremy Legel
June 29, 2012
A good payoff, but the middle drags.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
June 29, 2012
Left with little but to drag out an inability to tell the truth, this soap opera and its characters are propelled unhappily toward a predictably sappy happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
June 28, 2012
If only Kurtzman hadn't gotten so fascinated with the film's big secret, it could have delivered on its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 29, 2012
One of those "heartfelt" dramas that was obviously dreamed up to win awards but fell short and is instead being dumped before awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
October 30, 2012
Fans of Pine's eyebrows will enjoy all the bushy furrowing, but otherwise, there are more important things to cry about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 28, 2012
People Like Us is neither funny enough for comedy or serious enough for real drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 28, 2012
The movie's soap opera quality undermines its efforts to tell a family saga with much believability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
July 7, 2012
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