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People Like Us Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 30, 2012
It seems ridiculous to dance around plot details when the movie allows the audience to get ahead of the story and to stay there as events laboriously unfold.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 29, 2012
It's encouraging to see a wielder of studio heft test his mettle with the all-too-human. In a season of superheroes and their nemeses, Kurtzman takes on characters hurting, hoping, trying to rise to the occasion of family.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 29, 2012
People Like Us seems to have been devised for audiences who want to experience an entire year's worth of soap opera complications in a single sitting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 29, 2012
Some of the strongest writing in any movie so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 29, 2012
A good payoff, but the middle drags.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2012
What they've really done is stitch together a decade's worth of Katherine Heigl/Jennifer Aniston/Kate Hudson romantic comedies, and then cut out all the romance and most of the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 29, 2012
Pine and the always-watchable Banks make the best of a bad screenplay, but "People Like Us" gives us nothing that we can relate to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2012
People Like Us is that sort of on-the-nose drama, where every emotional reaction is telegraphed and delivered right on cue.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 29, 2012
"People Like Us" may not be perfect, but Banks is perfectly imperfect.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 29, 2012
If it weren't for the whole shared-DNA problem, "People Like Us" might have made a nice pot of romantic mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 29, 2012
One of those "heartfelt" dramas that was obviously dreamed up to win awards but fell short and is instead being dumped before awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 29, 2012
Ultimately, the movie's fundamental truth shines through the Hollywood gloss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 28, 2012
The movie's soap opera quality undermines its efforts to tell a family saga with much believability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 28, 2012
The performances, especially Ms. Banks's Frankie and Ms. Pfeiffer's Lillian, partly compensate for the holes in a story whose timing is hard to swallow.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2012
If not for the icky air of incest, Pine and Banks would make one fine-looking couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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June 28, 2012
A sensitive, decent, well-crafted little drama about frailty and forgiveness.
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
June 28, 2012
It's a movie that's in a league with films from the golden age of family drama, stories like Ordinary People and Kramer vs. Kramer, although People's dashes of comedy render it far less grim than those examples.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 28, 2012
Its hard sell wears you down and draws you in, even as you know you're being manipulated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 28, 2012
It's hideously compelling, like being in the room when one woman asks a woman who isn't pregnant when she's due, except that exchange is typically over in 30 spectacularly awful seconds and this one lasts two hours.
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
June 28, 2012
Though it's just a Christmas tree away from being a holiday special, the stellar cast wrings just enough genuine emotion out of a stale premise to make it mostly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 28, 2012
People Like us is saved from melodramatic quicksand by live-wire acting from a touchingly vulnerable Chris Pine and a heartbreakingly good Elizabeth Banks. We believe we are watching people like us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 28, 2012
People Like Us is neither funny enough for comedy or serious enough for real drama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 28, 2012
It's not an entirely fresh idea but always an intriguing one.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 28, 2012
Too shiny and drenched in California glow to feel very personal. It grows increasingly sentimental, and by the end, lays it on especially thick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2012
Kurtzman ... hammers every scene and eye blink with a heavy hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 28, 2012
The film does have its charms, but getting to them means seeing past a Buick-sized contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2012
I like smart movies about smart people, and enjoy it when most of the facts are on the table and we can contemplate them together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 27, 2012
Pine and Banks are just good enough to suggest that in an honest movie, they would have been even better.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 27, 2012
...a sentimental but strongly made standout in a summer otherwise full of superheroes and space aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 27, 2012
Do you see how colossally misguided this whole thing is?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 27, 2012
People Like Us is informed by real feelings uncorked like a lost bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon hidden away in a dark corner of a private wine cellar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2012
The movie develops into a painful story of one generation inflicting its selfish compromises on the next.
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David Fear
Time Out
June 26, 2012
Alex Kurtzman's debut feature can emotionally manipulate you before the narrative house of cards collapses and things go from sweet-and-sour to full-on NutraSweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 26, 2012
People Like Us is a certifiable adult drama built atop sturdy thematic supports, a rare enough item these days...
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 12, 2012
As overcranked as it is -- the film is directed as if it were an action drama, with two or three times more cuts than necessary -- People Like Us has a persuasive emotional pull at its heart that's hard to deny.
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 12, 2012
Genuine emotions barely win out over soapy complications in People Like Us.