How Do You Know Reviews

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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.
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 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 27, 2011
A fatuous and depressing parade of nothingness...
January 27, 2011
Starts badly and just gets worse.
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.
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.
December 17, 2010
Brooks has given us the rare contemporary rom-com that's by turns (if intermittently) thoughtful and funny, and that doesn't feel focus-grouped, cynical, misogynist, or mean. It seems ungenerous not to cut such a generous movie a break.
December 17, 2010
How do you know if a romantic comedy isn't working? Generally if it's neither especially romantic, nor particularly comic. And in this picture, no matter how many times he keeps coming up to bat, Brooks keeps striking out.
December 17, 2010
How Do You Know isn't Brooks' best. Witherspoon is too uneasy in her role. But thanks to Rudd, plus Kathryn Hahn as... George's loyal secretary and Nicholson as his father, it delivers a number of delights.
December 17, 2010
It's been six years since the last James Brooks comedy, so we might have expected a little rust. But not this weathered thing -- How Do You Know is so oxidized it's stuck.
December 17, 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable and surprisingly lightweight romantic comedy from writer-director James L. Brooks.
December 17, 2010
Witherspoon, whose movie characters often exhibit a whim of iron even though they have a Barbie twinkle, is well cast.
December 17, 2010
"How Do You Know" is a bit slow to get started, and it's nowhere near as funny as "The Hangover." But it'll make you smile.
December 17, 2010
How Do You Know is not up there in Broadcast News's immortal empyrean, but it's close to the mismatched-trio comedy of As Good as It Gets.
December 17, 2010
The product of an out-of-touch filmmaker that never really gets to second base.
December 17, 2010
It's the kind of movie that succeeds as a culmination of moments that ring true and sweet.
December 17, 2010
It's glossy and entirely forgettable, but the friendly, funny cast makes it worth seeing.
December 16, 2010
...the film is directed in a way that seems a trifle theatrical, or even sitcom-ish...
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