Entertainment Weekly

It's a trifle, but at least it doesn't star Katherine Heigl.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It all sounds dreadful, like the pilot for another brainless comedy series on network TV, but it grows on you.
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The Hollywood Reporter

There's certainly an audience for this sort of slick, self-absorbed comedy and the appealing casting augurs well for a brief theatrical run. But the film will most likely find its real home on the small screen, with attentive viewers curled up on the couch with a dish of ice cream.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Director Kat Coiro - who co-wrote with Ritter - spices up the formula just enough to keep us watching, while Bosworth adds versatile edge to the BFF banter.
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New York Post

The only really believable character ends up being Bilson's chaste Laura, who snags herself a slot on the reality-show competition "America's Last Virgin."
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Boston Globe

By Loren King
Unfortunately, the potential for screwball comedy is wasted because L!fe Happens never finds its thematic tone or comedic rhythm.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Coiro, who directed and co-wrote the film with Ritter, has a firm hold on snappish humor and bookish references, but the whole thing sags under a creaky narrative structure.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
It's paper thin, floating away when it's over without leaving a strong impression one way or another.
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Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
Something happens here, but it isn't life.
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Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
L!fe Happens wants us to believe its message is one of female independence and empowerment.
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44 out of 100
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