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Jane Crowther
Total Film
January 28, 2011
How do you know you've got a dud? When a cast this talented and determined can't lift a soporific screenplay to entertaining heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
January 27, 2011
Acclaimed writer-director James L. Brooks has turned out one of the most unbearable romcoms ever in How Do You Know.
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
January 27, 2011
Running a dire 40 minutes longer than it needed to be and favouring static two-shots for long-winded passages of mirthless yakking, the film's momentum is utterly becalmed at regular intervals.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 27, 2011
A fatuous and depressing parade of nothingness...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Conor Mills
Little White Lies
January 27, 2011
Starts badly and just gets worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 27, 2011
Wilson, with his immaculately off-kilter comic timing, is still a pleasure to watch. But Rudd can't rescue his character from the insipidity to which Brooks's screenplay condemns him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 27, 2011
Brooks is back with another warm, smart romance along the lines of As Good As It Gets. The snappy characters are well-played by a strong cast, which makes it steadily entertaining even if it's not hugely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
January 27, 2011
Nicholson is on autopilot, and Brooks doesn't give the characters the full three dimensions to complement the script's undeniably witty lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 26, 2011
A rom-com with too much rom (winsome) and far too little com.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 26, 2011
Extremely dull, badly written comedy-drama that never gets off the ground, despite likeable performances from Rudd, Witherspoon and a perfectly cast Wilson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
January 26, 2011
Not Brooks' best, but it has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 26, 2011
Contrived, mawkish and mirthless, this feels like it was made by people who haven't had any meaningful human contact for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 24, 2011
Overlong but occasionally appealing rom com in which it is the intangibles of the relationships that prove to be everything
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 24, 2011
The whole mob yap away in self-absorbed therapy-speak for almost the entire two-hour running time, meaning anyone who lives outside the Beverly Hills nut-bubble - ie almost everyone - is going to be instinctively reaching for the fast-forward button.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 7, 2011
This neurotic comedy tiptoes from one boring setback to the next, bottling its issues in schmaltz, and thus, costing the film its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 3, 2011
I'll take the movie's distinctive warts over the pasteurized engineering of current comedies any day of the week
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 28, 2010
Unconventional rom-com that is really neither but gets by on the charisma of the cast including Whiterspoon and especially Rudd who can do no wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 28, 2010
Everything looks primed for civilized amusement, but somewhere along the way the laughs dropped off, together with the question mark in the title.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 25, 2010
At least half the film plays out at an acceptable level of amusement until its excessively repeated indecisions makes you hanker for the fast forward. This happens well before you reach the two hour mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 23, 2010
One factor, and one factor alone, brings 'How Do You Know?' to above average.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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