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Life or Something Like It Reviews

July 20, 2002
Life, though funny and sometimes charming, doesn't give Lanie a believable context in which to stop and smell the roses.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2002
Comes on like a romantic comedy with metaphysical pretensions, but somehow these opposing aspects manage to cancel each other out, leaving us with laugh-lite comedy and, well, metaphysical pretensions.
May 2, 2002
Formulaic, delusional and about as accurate a depiction of life in television news (or something like it) as a Pillsbury bake-off.
April 30, 2002
Cloaks a familiar anti-feminist equation (career - kids = misery) in tiresome romantic-comedy duds.
April 29, 2002
[A] fun romp...
April 26, 2002
Lanie, who suggests a blow-dried human Q-tip, is so jarring on the eyes, it's difficult to concentrate on the story.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 26, 2002
Oh, please. Stop and smell the manure.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
April 26, 2002
Life is a crock -- or something like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 26, 2002
Explain to me why the big studios keep making romantic comedies which are so lacking in romance and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 26, 2002
The whole exercise feels predictable and programmed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
A worthy woman's film and Jolie's best showcase to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2002
The big question in Life or Something Like It isn't 'Will Lanie live?' or even 'Can Lanie change?' but 'Am I ever going to give a fig?'
April 26, 2002
What we have is a character faced with the possibility that her life is meaningless, vapid and devoid of substance, in a movie that is definitely meaningless, vapid and devoid of substance.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 26, 2002
The quirky potential of Herek's background and Jolie's charismatic persona ought to have been shaped into something more interesting than such pseudo-profound fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
A pleasant romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 26, 2002
A misshapen, generally misguided, unnervingly simplistic romantic comedy with a spiritual element that means to give viewers pause, but seems far more likely to give them giggling fits.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
Its disparate elements never add up to approximating real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
Trying to glean life lessons from this movie is about as futile as hunting for an emotionally honest bone in its bloated body.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 26, 2002
This is an ungainly movie, ill-fitting, with its elbows sticking out where the knees should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 26, 2002
You may be galled that you've wasted nearly two hours of your own precious life with this silly little puddle of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 26, 2002
Partly a schmaltzy, by-the-numbers romantic comedy, partly a shallow rumination on the emptiness of success -- and entirely soulless.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 26, 2002
The relentless upbeatness of Life or Something Like It wrecks the possibility of either real laughter or genuine pathos.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 26, 2002
The script lurches from banal formula ... to vacuous, cringe-worthy contrivance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
Herek's direction is matter-of-fact and sometimes awkward.
April 25, 2002
An adroit crowd-pleaser, and Jolie and Burns exude charisma and the right chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 25, 2002
A pleasant piece of escapist entertainment.
April 25, 2002
Shepherd's script ... after going gooey, goes goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 25, 2002
The script by John Scott Shepherd and Dana Stevens weds every cliche of the careerist cautionary tale with the predictable beats of the romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 25, 2002
What's so striking about Jolie's performance is that she never lets her character become a caricature -- not even with that radioactive hair.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2002
Jolie gives it that extra little something that makes it worth checking out at theaters, especially if you're in the mood for something more comfortable than challenging.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 25, 2002
Mostly about slapping together a bunch of clichés -- outdated clichés at that -- regarding the loneliness of ambitious women.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 23, 2002
Life or Something Like It has its share of high points, but it misses too many opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4