How Do You Know Reviews

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April 3, 2019
Three likeable stars and Jack Nicholson. Can you take this foursome and make a film that makes you want to barf the moment it opens? Yes, if the film is How Do You Know.
November 17, 2018
Brooks wants to make a contemporary relationship film and a topical one about the financial crisis and winds up failing on both sides.
June 22, 2013
I'm not sure the movie will end up earning back its stars' huge salaries, but you definitely can't argue they didn't earn them.
January 23, 2013
It's not enough to merely swoon over Witherspoon. The movie's entirely too long and leaden to get by on that alone.
September 22, 2012
"How Do You Know" is a complete misfire from famed writer/director James L. Brooks.
January 30, 2012
What happened to James L. Brooks?
January 26, 2012
August 12, 2011
Some of the bits are funny, every now and then they're sweet, the performances are OK and really, with this much talent involved, it's hard not to be disappointed in that.
July 14, 2011
It's all a bit of a slog and, in the end, you don't know much more than you did at the start.
May 3, 2011
What makes any of these kinds of movies run involves the appeal of the main actors, and all three, stalwart in their screen likabilities, smooth the proceedings.
April 4, 2011
Not enough films let their characters talk enough. Because if they did it would usually stop the idiotic plot in its tracks. Points for meandering down the road less traveled.
March 1, 2011
Good news: you've got great actors with wonderful chemistry and comic timing. Bad News: they're playing some of the most irritating, unlikable, infuriating characters ever committed to film
February 10, 2011
Even Nicholson's usually scene-stealing bluster can't get this disappointing addition to the Brooks filmography going.
February 2, 2011
Every scene is as achingly long and laboured as the film's instantly forgettable title.
January 31, 2011
More creative energy has gone into furnishing these characters' apartments than devising credible emotional situations to put them in; the result is wholly undemanding, and best saved for a long-haul flight.
January 31, 2011
James L. Brooks has clearly spent far too long in Los Angeles.
January 31, 2011
Though neither mindless nor insensitive, this interminable movie falls far short of Brooks's best work, which is to say Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets.
January 31, 2011
Seemingly well-intentioned and inoffensive - but there are so many other films that do this sort of thing faster, better and with more jokes, including a couple from writer-director James L Brook's own back catalogue.
January 28, 2011
Though the film was a box-office dud in the US, Brooks delivers an amusing and consistenly engaging relationship piece that is a cut above the standard romantic comedy.
January 28, 2011
Despite the best efforts of all involved, trying to prise laughs out of How Do You Know is like trying to make concrete float.
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