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Director James L. Brooks returns to the helm for this ensemble comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, which centers on the story of a passionate athlete who finds herself romantically torn between a narcissistic baseball star and a straight-laced businessman. As far back as Lisa (Witherspoon) can remember, her life has been defined by sports. Then, in the blink of an eye, she's cut from the team. With her identity in crisis as she attempts to regain her footing in life, Lisa begins dating Matty (Wilson), a Major League Baseball pitcher and notorious… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"Some of the bits are funny, every now and then they're sweet, the performances are OK and really, with this much talent involved, it's hard not to be disappointed in that."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Brooks has given us the rare contemporary rom-com that's by turns (if intermittently) thoughtful and funny, and that doesn't feel focus-grouped, cynical, misogynist, or mean. It seems ungenerous not to cut such a generous movie a break."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"I'm not sure the movie will end up earning back its stars' huge salaries, but you definitely can't argue they didn't earn them."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"What happened to James L. Brooks?"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Not enough films let their characters talk enough. Because if they did it would usually stop the idiotic plot in its tracks. Points for meandering down the road less traveled."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Contrived, mawkish and mirthless, this feels like it was made by people who haven't had any meaningful human contact for years."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"How do you know if a romantic comedy isn't working? Generally if it's neither especially romantic, nor particularly comic. And in this picture, no matter how many times he keeps coming up to bat, Brooks keeps striking out."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"It's not enough to merely swoon over Witherspoon. The movie's entirely too long and leaden to get by on that alone."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"It's all a bit of a slog and, in the end, you don't know much more than you did at the start."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Digital Spy
"Good news: you've got great actors with wonderful chemistry and comic timing. Bad News: they're playing some of the most irritating, unlikable, infuriating characters ever committed to film"
‑ Marc Fennell, Triple J
"Everything looks primed for civilized amusement, but somewhere along the way the laughs dropped off, together with the question mark in the title."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"How Do You Know isn't Brooks' best. Witherspoon is too uneasy in her role. But thanks to Rudd, plus Kathryn Hahn as... George's loyal secretary and Nicholson as his father, it delivers a number of delights."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
""How Do You Know" is a complete misfire from famed writer/director James L. Brooks."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"What makes any of these kinds of movies run involves the appeal of the main actors, and all three, stalwart in their screen likabilities, smooth the proceedings."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Even Nicholson's usually scene-stealing bluster can't get this disappointing addition to the Brooks filmography going."
‑ John Hazelton, Screen International
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