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How Do You Know Reviews

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Will Leitch
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
"How Do You Know" is a complete misfire from famed writer/director James L. Brooks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 30, 2012
What happened to James L. Brooks?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dave White
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
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
| Original Score: 1.5/5
John Hazelton
Screen International
February 10, 2011
Even Nicholson's usually scene-stealing bluster can't get this disappointing addition to the Brooks filmography going.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
February 2, 2011
Every scene is as achingly long and laboured as the film's instantly forgettable title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike McCahill
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
January 31, 2011
James L. Brooks has clearly spent far too long in Los Angeles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
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.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
January 28, 2011
Instead of juicing it up with jokes, Brooks has inadvertently given us another story of the American condition, which is that of absolute and incorrigible self-centredness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
January 28, 2011
How Do You Know is a slight and predictable tale of modern day love, padded with subplots about father-son bonding and undeclared love.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
January 28, 2011
For the most part, this story of trying to find out how you know you are in love is so slow and laborious you'll wish they'd just flip a coin and be done with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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