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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
The tone is never quite mean enough or never quite nice enough and the film never catches its stride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ali Gray
October 14, 2012
What we have is a comedy that's not that great, a romance that's not that convincing and a movie that's sadly not that special. Now that's how you lose friends and alienate people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
October 3, 2008
The film's inability to decide whether it wants to be sweet and life-affirming or vicious and nasty creates not only a disconnect on the story level but results in tonal shifts that are dizzying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 3, 2008
Even the ginger-haired Brit can't rescue this moviefrom being both manic and flat. Nor can the deployment of Kirsten Dunst to play Sidney's nemesis and possible love interest.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
October 3, 2008
The jerky hero suddenly changes into a cool, well-dressed guy. Then poof! he's an idiot. Then back to cool. Presenting the Peek-a-Boo School of Writing and Character Development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Edward Douglas
October 3, 2008
Never tries to go too far below the surface, instead taking a snide and cynical approach to the meet-cute romantic comedy, filling it with all of the most obvious clichés and stereotypes in its desperate attempt for yucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 3, 2008
My guess is it'll alienate you, too.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 24, 2008
While Pegg has a good stab at lending the film some of his trademark knockabout charm, the film is as artless and difficult to warm to as its leading man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
Just because you are supposed to laugh doesn't mean you are going to laugh.
Andy Gill
Independent (UK)
October 3, 2008
This Brit-on-the-make comedy would be insufferable without the leavening presence of Simon Pegg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Simon Pegg's brilliant central performance and some very funny gags are drained by a limp finale which leaves all manner of plot strands hanging and characters left out to dry as the film stalls and sputters its way home.
Eric D. Snider
October 2, 2008
I admire Pegg's comic abilities, and he seems to have given it his earnest best here. He's just miscast -- and the story fizzles out halfway through anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
October 3, 2008
The humor is based on a transsexual and killing a dog. That's not enough, especially when there was all of Celebridum to make fun of.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
October 14, 2008
Bridges, Pegg and even love-interest-by-numbers Kirsten Dunst do a fine job, but the material they're working with just isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 37/100
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 7, 2008
Hollywood took a mediocre script and hired Pegg, relying on his charms alone to carry the picture. Sorry, it just doesn't work that way. The movie has to be good too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
October 2, 2008
a worthless excuse for a laugh-a-thon that elicits more groans than giggles.
| Original Score: 1/5
Mark Peikert
New York Press
October 8, 2008
By some bizarre alchemy, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People has been translated to the screen as a Judd Apatow romantic comedy crossed with The Devil Wears Prada.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 3, 2008
How to Lose Friends wants to see itself as a champion of humanity over glitz and a puckish puncturer of egos. But while culled from Young's disastrous experiences at Vanity Fair, the movie is strictly Us Weekly quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Todd McCarthy
October 1, 2008
How to lose friends and alienate audiences is the lesson taught by this cleverly titled but noxious British comedy.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 3, 2008
The crushingly unfunny and slopped-together How to Lose Friends & Alienate People has neither the ambition nor the intelligence to do justice to its source material.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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