85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
This is a straightforward family comedy-drama, a movie made for adults, and one that actually gives its actors – among them Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Philip Baker Hall – something to do. That's more of a rarity on today's landscape than it should be.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
This is a rare feel-good treat that nudges the heartstrings and makes you feel optimistic about the human race.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
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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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Pine is driven and touchingly vulnerable. And Banks, heartbreakingly good, nails every nuance in a raw wound of a role. Thanks to their teamwork, we believe we are watching people like us.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Its hard sell wears you down and draws you in, even as you know you're being manipulated.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
People Like Us demonstrates how a drama can be heartfelt and bogus at the same time.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
People Like Us is neither optimal nor prime.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie's soap opera quality undermines its efforts to tell a family saga with much believability.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Going on too long seems to be the disease of the week; it's certainly what brings this movie down, though the going on here stems from a surfeit of implausible plot that suffocates the main characters and the excellent actors who play them.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
No matter how well made, well acted and well intentioned, Lying Dingbat Procrastinator movies are excruciating to watch. Case in point: People Like Us, a film hell-bent on dragging its protagonist (and, sadly, us) through the LDP narrative playbook.
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49 out of 100
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