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People I Know Reviews

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Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
Awkwardly derivative.
James Rocchi
April 24, 2003
Al Pacino as a Manhattan publicist with moral paralysis is talky and tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Gilchrist
May 30, 2003
People I Know rests not at the bottom of that pile, not at the top, but just out of range of significance, to be forgotten the minute the audience's back is turned.
Eric D. Snider
February 1, 2003
The misshapen People I Know is not especially worth knowing. In fact, it barely seems to know itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 18, 2004
Pacino unleashes every trick in his actor's bag... The accent alone batters us into the back of the theater, making us want to go home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
April 28, 2003
Rich in accrued, non-flashy detail and character potentiality, People I Know charts the lives of some vivid, interesting people. Narratively, though, it bites off more than it can comfortably chew.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 11, 2004
After watching this depressing film, I felt as tired as Al Pacino's character looked.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 23, 2003
The story collapses like a bad tip to Liz Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 24, 2003
Sometimes incisive but finally overbaked drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 25, 2003
The movie's stock 60's nostalgia is annoyingly facile. In glibly evoking heroes like Kennedy and King, the movie succumbs to the same mindless name-dropping it purports to decry.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 25, 2003
Miscast and badly thought out, People I Know needed more -- and less -- than it got.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
Watchable but dramatically scattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
May 21, 2003
Not much to admire.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 10, 2003
...incredibly unpleasant on a purely visceral level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Nayman
July 8, 2003
At one point, a character kids Eli about being 'moth-eaten,' but the term would be better applied to the film's crippling third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
February 20, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 21, 2004
[Starts] off like a B-version of Sweet Smell of Success before ending like a C-version of The Parallax View.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 5, 2003
It might have worked better if they could've convinced Pacino to drop that damn accent, in which the game of Ping-Pong is apparently pronounced 'pang-pawng.'
Jamie Russell
February 5, 2004
Intriguing but deeply flawed thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Phillips
April 24, 2003
It diverges way off course into an unnecessary murder mystery that takes away from the exciting pace found in the revved up scenes of Eli's daily life.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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