• PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Alex Kurtzman
    In Theaters:
    Jun 29, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 2, 2012
  • Dreamworks Pictures


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People Like Us Reviews

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 30, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 29, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

June 29, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Some of the strongest writing in any movie so far this year.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 29, 2012
Laremy Legel
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A good payoff, but the middle drags.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C-

June 29, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 29, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Pine and the always-watchable Banks make the best of a bad screenplay, but "People Like Us" gives us nothing that we can relate to.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

June 29, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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People Like Us is that sort of on-the-nose drama, where every emotional reaction is telegraphed and delivered right on cue.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

June 29, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"People Like Us" may not be perfect, but Banks is perfectly imperfect.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

June 29, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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If it weren't for the whole shared-DNA problem, "People Like Us" might have made a nice pot of romantic mush.

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

June 29, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 29, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Ultimately, the movie's fundamental truth shines through the Hollywood gloss.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 29, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The movie's soap opera quality undermines its efforts to tell a family saga with much believability.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The performances, especially Ms. Banks's Frankie and Ms. Pfeiffer's Lillian, partly compensate for the holes in a story whose timing is hard to swallow.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 28, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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If not for the icky air of incest, Pine and Banks would make one fine-looking couple.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

June 28, 2012
Ella Taylor
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A sensitive, decent, well-crafted little drama about frailty and forgiveness.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 28, 2012
Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
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It's a movie that's in a league with films from the golden age of family drama, stories like Ordinary People and Kramer vs. Kramer, although People's dashes of comedy render it far less grim than those examples.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

June 28, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Its hard sell wears you down and draws you in, even as you know you're being manipulated.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 28, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's hideously compelling, like being in the room when one woman asks a woman who isn't pregnant when she's due, except that exchange is typically over in 30 spectacularly awful seconds and this one lasts two hours.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 28, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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Though it's just a Christmas tree away from being a holiday special, the stellar cast wrings just enough genuine emotion out of a stale premise to make it mostly sweet.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

June 28, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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People Like us is saved from melodramatic quicksand by live-wire acting from a touchingly vulnerable Chris Pine and a heartbreakingly good Elizabeth Banks. We believe we are watching people like us.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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People Like Us is neither funny enough for comedy or serious enough for real drama.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 28, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's not an entirely fresh idea but always an intriguing one.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 28, 2012
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Too shiny and drenched in California glow to feel very personal. It grows increasingly sentimental, and by the end, lays it on especially thick.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Kurtzman ... hammers every scene and eye blink with a heavy hand.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2012
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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The film does have its charms, but getting to them means seeing past a Buick-sized contrivance.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

June 28, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Pine and Banks are just good enough to suggest that in an honest movie, they would have been even better.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

June 27, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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...a sentimental but strongly made standout in a summer otherwise full of superheroes and space aliens.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 27, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Do you see how colossally misguided this whole thing is?

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

June 27, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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People Like Us is informed by real feelings uncorked like a lost bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon hidden away in a dark corner of a private wine cellar.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The movie develops into a painful story of one generation inflicting its selfish compromises on the next.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 27, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Alex Kurtzman's debut feature can emotionally manipulate you before the narrative house of cards collapses and things go from sweet-and-sour to full-on NutraSweet.

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

June 26, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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People Like Us is a certifiable adult drama built atop sturdy thematic supports, a rare enough item these days...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 26, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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As overcranked as it is -- the film is directed as if it were an action drama, with two or three times more cuts than necessary -- People Like Us has a persuasive emotional pull at its heart that's hard to deny.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 12, 2012
Justin Chang
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Genuine emotions barely win out over soapy complications in People Like Us.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 12, 2012
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