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A decent performance from Pegg in a disappointing film. Neither sharp nor satirical, Weide's adaptation relies too heavily on slapstick, and misses the point of the source material in the process. Read critic reviews

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Sidney Young is a down-on-his-luck journalist. Thanks to a stint involving a pig and a glitzy awards ceremony, Sidney turns his fortunes around, attracting the attention of Clayton Harding, editor of New York-based glossy magazine "Sharps", and landing the holy grail of journalism jobs. The Brit jets off to the Big Apple and moves from one blunder to the next.

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Simon Pegg
Sidney Young
Kirsten Dunst
Alison Olsen
Danny Huston
Lawrence Maddox
Gillian Anderson
Eleanor Johnson
Megan Fox
Sophie Maes
Miriam Margolyes
Mrs. Kowalski
Bill Paterson
Richard Young
Max Minghella
Vincent Lepak
Jeff Bridges
Clayton Harding
Diana Kent
Rachel Petkoff
Peter Straughan
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Annie Hardinge
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David Arnold
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David Freeman
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John Beard
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Oliver Stapleton
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Critic Reviews for How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (72)

  • This is a fun movie but... it yaps around the ankles of its subject without ever moving in for a decent-sized, satisfying bite.

    August 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Where the movie succeeds is in its sudden right turns, its willingness to kill a dog, always a bold choice, and its consistent emphasis of the comedy over the romance.

    November 7, 2008
  • Just because you are supposed to laugh doesn't mean you are going to laugh.

    November 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • I'm told that several of these characters are easily recognisable to insiders, but outside that small coterie there's still a great deal to enjoy about Sidney's fish-out-of-water exploits.

    October 31, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Weide bypasses the impulse to push the film at the usual breakneck comedy movie pace, allowing the conflicts to build slowly and with more thought than the film's premise might otherwise suggest.

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Quite apart from the insights into the strange world of showbiz celebrities, the film is enjoyable for its often witty script and the thoroughly engaging characters...

    October 24, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

  • Mar 10, 2018
    I think Simon Pegg is probably better served as a comedic actor in his native British movies, he's proven himself in that field time and time again, but when it comes to things like How to Lose Friends & Alienate People he is never given the opportunity to shine, and it's the lacklustre, derivative movies themselves (like this one) that are to blame. Also, he starts this movie already alienated and he doesn't have any friends, so the title is like???
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2013
    I like British eccentrics to a point. But all the bad behaviour in the movie falls short and just seems self-destructive.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2013
    Fairly entertaining, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People delivers laughs but is a bit too crude for this type of romantic comedy. The story follows a British tabloid journalist who gets a job with one of New York's premiere publishing companies, but he soon discovers that he'll have to sell out in order to succeed. Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, and Jeff Bridges lead the cast; however their performances are pretty mediocre. There's some clever satire in the comedy, yet overall it's typical rom-com stuff. How to Lose Friends & Alienate People is uneven and shallow, but it has its moments.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2013
    Trying to clear off my DVR, I saw that I had this one there and realized it's one of those movies I've always wanted to watch, but just didn't. So, I finally gave it a shot, and man I wish I would have watched this a few years ago. I love Simon Pegg movies, he is the best geeky/comedy actor out there and I can't think of a real bad movie that he has done. Here he plays Sidney Young, an independent journalist who starts to work for "Sharps", the number one fashion/pop culture magazine. From there he messes everything up, pisses everyone off, and finds out the life he wanted all along, may not be all it's cracked up to be. This has a great supporting cast with Jeff Bridges, Danny Huston, Kirstin Dunst, Megan Fox, and Gillian Anderson. Just wish Nick Frost had popped up somewhere. If your into the "Office" or other Ricky Gervais humor then this is right up your alley. Lot of goofball, uncomfortable situations help make a pretty plain story very funny. Good comedy that flew under the radar that deserves to discovered or rediscovered all over again.
    Everett J Super Reviewer

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