How Do You Know
How Do You Know (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 22, 2011
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: How Do You Know boasts a quartet of likeable leads -- and they deserve better than this glib, overlong misfire from writer/director James L. Brooks.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Dana Stevens
Slate

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.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Contrived, mawkish and mirthless, this feels like it was made by people who haven't had any meaningful human contact for years.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

It's not enough to merely swoon over Witherspoon. The movie's entirely too long and leaden to get by on that alone.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Everything looks primed for civilized amusement, but somewhere along the way the laughs dropped off, together with the question mark in the title.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

"How Do You Know" is a complete misfire from famed writer/director James L. Brooks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Rom com with a good cast. Lisa finds herself without a job, moves in with her boyfriend then realises she is attracted someone else.
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Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn, Mark Linn-Baker, Lenny Venito, Molly Price, Shelley Conn, Tony Shalhoub… More
Chris Weber
Hmm, well, based on the talent involved, this had the possibility of being amazing. Considering the reception this film got, I was a little befuddled, but was… More
jay nixon
Lightweight but very sweet little comedy/drama with appealing players.
Matt Goodman
Lisa: Never drink to feel better; drink to feel even better. How Do You Know is the story of Lisa (played wonderfully by the beautiful Reese Witherspoon) who… More
Conner Rainwater
How Do You Know is not really a great movie and doesn't warrant any attention, but it manages to have some really good moments and great characters. Reese… More

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