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.
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?
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.
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
Despite the best efforts of all involved, trying to prise laughs out of How Do You Know is like trying to make concrete float.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 27, 2011
Acclaimed writer-director James L. Brooks has turned out one of the most unbearable romcoms ever in How Do You Know.
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.
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