How to Lose Friends & Alienate People - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Reviews

Top Critic
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
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.
Top Critic
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
Just because you are supposed to laugh doesn't mean you are going to laugh.
Top Critic
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 3, 2008
It plays like a made-for-CBS redo of The Devil Wears Prada.
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 3, 2008
What was good enough for the printed page -- a comic chronicle of our obsession with the shallow -- has been turned into the object of its own derision.
Top Critic
Scott Bowles
USA Today
October 3, 2008
Instead of skewering self-important stars and vapid journalists, Friends gets muddled in slapstick and crude humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 3, 2008
It seems Weide and Pegg were determined to make good on their title How to Lose Friends& Alienate People. You can sum up their results in two words: mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 3, 2008
When a movie features two spit takes in the first 15 minutes, it's a pretty clear indicator of which way the rest of the farce will go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 3, 2008
A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism and has much to recommend it once you get past its unwieldy title, which sounds like something that would get slapped on a self-help book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
October 3, 2008
Like the characters it portrays, How to Lose Friends eventually becomes the very thing it mocks, its delectable naughtiness sacrificed to sentiment and audience appeal.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
October 3, 2008
Yet another vehicle in which Simon Pegg can play yet another of the world's more obnoxious humans. And still make us love him.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 3, 2008
Any movie in which the hero accidentally kills a Chihuahua can't be a total loss, but How To Lose Friends & Alienate People comes pretty darned close.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
October 3, 2008
Unfortunately, it falls into incredibly predictable territory.
Top Critic
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 3, 2008
Toby Young's memoir makes an engaging transition to the screen, thanks to a lively adaptation that embellishes greatly on Young's story but preserves the central fish-out-of-water theme and biting commentary on celebrity obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 3, 2008
Unfortunately, both Bridges and Anderson are only intermittently in the movie. And when they're not around, How to Lose Friends loses its satirical edge, becoming an alarmingly safe, almost corny romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2008
Pegg has some good obnoxious moments, but he's only a few movies away from becoming Dudley Moore.
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 3, 2008
Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
October 3, 2008
For a film about upholding personal ideals, its glossy packaging and derivative 'will he get the girl?' narrative sell any credibility down the river in favour of affected screwball larks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 2, 2008
Despite the impersonal sameness of the material, it moves along at a good clip, rarely letting a one-note joke outstay its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2008
Pomposity and foolishness abound, but the laughs are few and far between.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 2, 2008
How To Lose Friends And Alienate People's title proves prophetic, only this time the people being alienated are the suckers in the paying audience.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 2, 2008
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People is possibly the best movie that could be made about Toby Young that isn't rated NC-17.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 2, 2008
The world of New York magazines is ripe for satire. How to Lose Friends looks at first as if it's going to give us a peek inside that world, but it eventually settles into a rote romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 1, 2008
[Pegg is] a goof, and he's funny enough to warrant the price of admission. But after this and Run Fatboy Run, he really needs to deliver something sillier before he loses fans and alienates his audience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 1, 2008
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People chronicles the short-but-sour New York career of the British journalist, who arrived for a stint at Vanity Fair at the invitation of its flamboyantly coiffed editor, Graydon Carter.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
October 1, 2008
How to Lose is toothless, substituting broad humor and a romance for the needed cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 1, 2008
Simon Pegg is likably smart and obnoxious as the fish-out-of-water Brit in high-gloss Manhattan, but he's swimming upstream in a feature that substitutes slapstick for scathing wit.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 1, 2008
How to lose friends and alienate audiences is the lesson taught by this cleverly titled but noxious British comedy.