How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Reviews

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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.
November 7, 2008
Just because you are supposed to laugh doesn't mean you are going to laugh.
October 24, 2008
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 3, 2008
It plays like a made-for-CBS redo of The Devil Wears Prada.
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.
October 3, 2008
Instead of skewering self-important stars and vapid journalists, Friends gets muddled in slapstick and crude humor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 3, 2008
Unfortunately, it falls into incredibly predictable territory.
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.
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.
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.
October 3, 2008
Pegg has some good obnoxious moments, but he's only a few movies away from becoming Dudley Moore.
October 3, 2008
Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
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