Joe Somebody Reviews

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Top Critic
November 11, 2002
The sort of feeble redemption story Hollywood often palms off on the film-going public.
November 6, 2002
Not something to write home about.
March 19, 2002
Has the look and feel of an extended sitcom episode.
January 6, 2002
While never truly funny or insightful, the movie works intermittently by digging a little deeper than you might expect.
January 3, 2002
I'd rather see a whole movie about an aging B-movie actor and forget about all the stuff with Tim Allen.
December 21, 2001
The movie makes smart use of the small-screen big-charm appeal of former Home Improvement star Tim Allen.
December 21, 2001
Aiming to punch holes in some male myths, John Scott Shepherd's script barely makes contact.
December 21, 2001
A formula comedy as affable and ineffectual as its hero.
December 21, 2001
Joe Somebody gives Allen a piping chance to play it sensitive, sentient and, for all the right reasons, lovable. He takes that chance and does a first-rate job.
December 21, 2001
Corny to the core.
December 21, 2001
A made-for-TV movie dressed up like a feature film. Its plot is not only stale, it's been stale for decades.
December 21, 2001
By the end of Joe Somebody, we are faced with the dismal prospect of being denied a climax, which, if it occurred, would be just as predictable as its substitute.
December 21, 2001
It doesn't much succeed, but Allen and the bit of acid candor the script does muster do cushion its shortcomings.
December 21, 2001
Joe Somebody sends audiences home happy but also with an awareness that happy endings have to be earned in real life as on the screen.
December 21, 2001
A surprisingly wistful, troubled film. It's not great; it's also not idiotic.
December 21, 2001
A scruffy, amiable misfire of a comedy, full of lame jokes and mixed messages.
December 21, 2001
Joe Somebody continually squanders its opportunities for hilarity.
December 21, 2001
The demands of formula eventually stifle anything that even looks like inspiration or honesty.
December 21, 2001
There's plenty of ABC After School Special dialogue here, along the lines of 'You've gotta find people in life who are there for you whether you're somebody or not.'
December 21, 2001
What's the holiday season without a turkey?
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