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Think Like a Man (2012)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 45

Critics Consensus: In Think Like a Man, an otherwise standard rom-com is partially elevated by a committed -- and attractive -- cast, resulting in a funny take on modern romance.

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: In Think Like a Man, an otherwise standard rom-com is partially elevated by a committed -- and attractive -- cast, resulting in a funny take on modern romance.


Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 223,504


Movie Info

Based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book, Think Like a Man follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Harvey's book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book's insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own. -- (C) Official Site

PG-13 (for sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use)
Directed By:
Written By:
Keith Merryman , David A. Newman
In Theaters:
Aug 28, 2012
Box Office:
Sony Screen Gems - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Think Like a Man

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (45)

For what amounts to a feature-length ad, this is surprisingly entertaining.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Drastically overlong, burdened by too many stories about too many couples who are too one-dimensional to be relatable.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Top Critic

"Think Like a Man" is a surprisingly engaging, entertaining and very funny movie.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Top Critic

The more this alleged romantic comedy begs you to adore it, the more you wish you could block its calls.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The execution almost overcomes the thinking in "Think Like a Man." Almost.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

It seeks to rescue contemporary black storytelling from the clutches of men in drag and misogynist moralizing.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Think Like a Man tries to tackle more characters than it can handle, making for a mess of a film that ultimately feels like a two-hour advertisement for Steve Harvey's book.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
We Got This Covered

The movie does provide plenty to chew on and the respective story arcs are executed well enough to make the overall journey worthwhile.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

The only thing [Story's] successfully done with this film is publicize Steve Harvey's book, which seems to have been the main goal all along.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

Despite the best efforts of some solid character actors, a muddled plot means this self-help themed film neither engages nor entertains.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
The National

Two romances: one with real signs of life

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Movie Habit

Benefits from a likable cast who lend much-needed zing, almost overcoming the fatuousness of the script. Almost.

Full Review… | June 24, 2012
Observer [UK]

As comfort-blanket romcoms go, it is the rare one that will not bring you out in a rash.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Daily Telegraph

Yes, it's a large slice of cheese, but an entertaining one at that.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Sun Online

This is not so much a film as an insufferably aggressive exercise in product placement.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Daily Mail [UK]

As far as adaptations of self-help books go, this one - which bites back at the source material - is one of the recent best.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
What Culture

Beware beaming self-publicists bearing relationship advice. Those bold, bright one-liners point the way to a life of abject humiliation.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012

Black - or indeed any audience - gagging from Tyler Perry's sugary depiction of Afro-American middle classes will welcome director Tim Story's wittier approach to the shifting sands of courtship.

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Sky Movies

The script presents a reductive view of relationships that borders on insulting and it's hard to get emotionally involved in any of the storylines as a result.

Full Review… | June 20, 2012

More certain of its tone than Tyler Perry's melodramatic rom-coms, it's a good-hearted comedy of modern manners that provides a chuckle or two.

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Empire Magazine

Any film that gives Curb Your Enthusiasm's J.B. Smoove little more than a walk-on needs more thought.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Total Film

This sharp, multi-racial adult relationship comedy has enough witty zingers and uses a zesty cast to overcome some structural issues and a too-long running time.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Finally offers fans of quality black comedies a new reason to go to the theater again.

Full Review… | May 22, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

Retro and formulaic, acting primarily as an informercial promotion for Steve Harvey's self-help book.

Full Review… | May 16, 2012
SSG Syndicate

Yeah, the movie is cliched, and you can pretty much guess what's going to happen. But the enjoyment of this film is watching the characters hang out and interact with each other.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

Audience Reviews for Think Like a Man

Not exactly my favorite genre, but I found this movie enjoyable. Kevin Hart was a hoot!..especially in the video segments during the end credits.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

An engaging, wildly entertaining and extremely funny movie. A pitch-perfect combination of romantic and buddy comedy. A heart-warming and outrageously funny comedy that delivers big with heart and wonderful performances from its great cast. A well-written and crafted piece of great entertainment made and for adults. Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Terrence J. are a comic dream team that deliver the laughs and the romance. Meagan Good, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, and Taraji P. Henson are sexy, smart and a blast.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Based on the book of the same name by Steve Harvey, this movie plays like a long advertisement for that book. At first it seems like every other "African American" romantic comedy, but this has 2 things that most don't usually have. First, Kevin Hart, who is hilarious. He makes every scene he is in better, and is genuinely funnier than most other actors. The second, is a very smart script/story and way of telling the story. It's about four couples and how the women use the book "Act like a Lady but Think like a man" against the men, and how they turn the tables and use it on them. Throughout, is some great, truthful insight by Steve Harvey that helps the movie move along. Nice to see that Tyler Perry isn't the only one who can make movies like this(there are a few Perry jokes through that are pretty funny). Good movies, that couples will enjoy on the couch together(or one on the love seat, and the other on the couch).

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Let the mind games begin.

Good cool movie! There are ups and downs to this flick. The story is interesting and unique. The cast was good, the emotions are spot-on all through the film. Another plus is the humor. Every character has a situation that we can all relate to. A momma's boy, a player, a divorcée... All characters that we have interacted with at one point. Kevin Hart does an exceptional job and he stands above the rest of the cast. The downer is the last quarter of the movie. It gets too sappy for a dude. The resolutions of the relationships become way too predictable. I mean, it's predictable down to the actual words spoken by the couples. That aside, this is a movie suitable for a night in with your girl, or a date. It will set your chic in the mood :-) A better than average movie, and still worth your money.

Four women have given up on getting their men to do what they want until they find a how to book written by Steve Harvey. They start using his advice about relationships, and their men start falling in line, until the men discover what the women have been doing, then the war is on.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Think Like a Man Quotes

Kristen: It's like I'm one of the boys, except I have a vagina. I swear, Frodo Baggins had it easier.
– Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
Cedric: You know who asked me that? Not a goddamn soul, 'cause strippers dont ask me shit!
– Submitted by Joe J (16 months ago)
Cedric: I think it was a good time, it's all about exercise... guys!
– Submitted by Joe J (16 months ago)
Cedric: "It's my ex-wife." I want you to get the habit of saying that.
– Submitted by Joe J (16 months ago)
Cedric: Mike, how old is your mom? Michael: What? Cedric: I'm not saying it like that. No, I am. I am. It's like that. Ms. Loretta, I'm ready for the rest of the tour!
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
Cedric: What do you call the three rings of marriage? Engagement ring, wedding ring and insuffering.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)

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