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How Do You Know Reviews

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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
Conor Mills
Little White Lies
January 27, 2011
Starts badly and just gets worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
December 16, 2010
It feels less like a coherent narrative than a series of vignettes in which the characters say improbably witty things and act in ways that aren't tethered to rational behavior. We sense them performing for the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood
December 16, 2010
we don't care about the things they are worrying about...we are lost in the intricacies of Rudd's relationship with his corrupt p---- of a father (Nicholson)...a career disaster for Reese Witherspoon, who needs a flop like a hole in the head.
| Original Score: C-
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 17, 2010
...every clear-eyed observation of how adult humans court affection must be pulped and sugared, refined into treacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
December 14, 2010
Witherspoon's charm...has been replaced with tentativeness, confusion and the exaggerated facial expressions of a sitcom comedienne.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 16, 2010
I expected this movie to be better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 16, 2010
How do you know a movie is a total loss? When you watch it with a heavy heart, and sit through it like a stone.
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
Simon Foster
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.
Adam Lippe
December 17, 2010
Brooks was more interested in psychobabble mantras, as whole conversations in the movie are made up of such nonsense, to the point where the characters are simply robots who spout therapeutic gibberish.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
December 17, 2010
Despite James L. Brooks' sterling track record and a strong cast, this flat, fumbling film is dud on arrival.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
December 16, 2010
How do you know you're watching How Do You Know? When you start dreaming of crossword puzzles and Diane Keaton.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Drew McWeeny
December 20, 2010
How Do You Know is more Why Should I Care, and I can't honestly say I recommend you rush out to see it.
Mike Scott
December 18, 2010
Brooks' latest grown-up comedy -- as glossy as it appears, as gracefully as it unfolds, as charming as its impressive, all-star cast often is -- arrives as a mild misfire.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
December 15, 2010
Six years in the making and this is As Good As It Gets?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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