How Do You Know Synopsis
A woman becomes caught in a love triangle involving a baseball player and an old acquaintance.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It is a keenly observed movie about loss of identity and finding love, in which Brooks serves up funny-ouch humor with slapstick...
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75

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
There are a couple of scenes of pure, sentimental genius, as well as appealingly boggled turns by Rudd and Wilson.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The experiment in the new movie is this: What happens when his Type A's are forced out of their comfort zones? If only Brooks had managed...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
How Do You Know asks really good questions but doesn't so much answer them as toss the ball from player to player until the clock runs out.
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50

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Shapeless and overlong, How Do You Know unfolds in a heap of unprocessed ideas and emotions, as if Brooks started production two or three...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
A low-impact romantic comedy-drama from James L. Brooks in which the central characters are strangely disconnected from one another as well...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
How Do You Know must have started with a good idea that got lost in the translation from concept to screen.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The film is confusing and awkwardly timed, and it drags.
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Brooks' shallow screenplay feels half-finished, and he never compensates with additional guidance or directorial flair. So all his actors...
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0

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
No need to belabor the awfulness of this film, a romantic comedy devoid of romance - instead of chemistry there's the flow of reverse...
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How Do You Know review

By Derrick Deane
You'd think with a cast like Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson sharing the marquee, you'd have a reasonably entertaining movie. How Do You Know starts off somewhat...

Pleasant but generally mediocre

By RandytheMovieFan
Saw a sneak preview, had a few laughs and a couple of touching moments. I like Paul Rudd when he plays the straight man working off someone zany, but that's lacking here, leaving him mostly dull to...

I am giving this a GO....

By lovestalentmoviefan
....admittedly in part because I don't understand all the hating on this movie.It wasn't full of action or rrated material and not a blockbuster . Is everyone just spoiled? I am not saying rush out,I...

Better than most fan reviews

By mooVsR4me
I like chick flicks and I like all the main actors in this film. That said, I hoped I would like this movie but I was doubtful due to all of the poor fan reviews. I'm happy to say that I DID enjoy...

By moffittwm
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Rocky Road Cookie with no flavor

By rawvibes
Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) has been on the USA Softball Team for many years and her whole life has been devoted to sports as far as she can remember. This year the USA Softball Team Coach has decided to...

Five Word Review

By mauidelite
Bright Uplifting Feel-Good Satisfying Enjoyable...

hoping for something more

By brettlovesthemovies
what do you get when you put a distinguished oscar winning director, an adorable oscar winning actress, an always reliable oscar winning actor, one of the most likeable actors of this generation, and...

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By theclass
It Did Not Flow Well...

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By sleepypedro
disconnected lacking disappointing hollow oh-well...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual content and some strong language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Complex romcom is sweet, if not a home run.
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