People Like Us Synopsis
After his father dies, a man (Chris Pine) discovers the existence of a sister he never knew.
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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,...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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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Boston Globe

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

By chickatina3
This is truly a good movie,I liked it very much. Very well put together and great acting. Very realistic script. Sad at times .I could really relate to the situation . Wouldn't take younger...

It's never too late for family.

By ReikiRob
Saw it with my young teens and prompted a great talk about family and which grandparents and family members they look like. Great movie that might help shed a little more light or understanding...


By seabreeze62
We were so looking forward to seeing this movie but were very disappointed. It was long and drawn out, although it picked up about the last 1/2 hour. We thought this movie would be a good uplifting...

Powerful and uncomfortable, sweet and ultimately redeeming

By MickGee
This movie had a profound impact on me and I frankly find it hard to speak about it. I go to movies for the emotional connection to the characters (don't we all?) This hit very close to home for me....

Private Tour into Life's Journey...

By Sheltiemomm
It's been too, too long since I've enjoyed an intelligent, moving, and quirky movie, as, People Like Us. Actors embraced their roles, sans loosing individuality or creativity. Great for tweens, with...

An Exceptional And Heartfelt Family Drama.

By Alon Patterson
If you're looking for a great story, well executed by players who can really make you identify with them, this is your ticket. This play is well written, the dialogue tight and wonderfully crafted. ...

Best Movie

By xochi24
Best two hours I've spent all year in a movie. It really touches everyone, because everyone can relate to all the situations in one way or another....

Nice change

By dverrier50
It was a nice change from the suspense of the shoot 'um up movies. Probably more towards a chick flick but my husband was ok with it. I am glad I saw it. I felt the acting was well done in the...

People Like Us

By klee3189
Great acting...better than I have seen in awhile. Deep, compassionate, made me cry and laugh. I recommend to everyone. Not for small children, maybe some teens....

Total Tear Jerker

By dpaulwilliams82
This movie was absolutely amazing. I promise you that you will not regret seeing this movie. Chris Pine gives a performance that will awe you. Michelle Pfeiffer is her wonderful self and Elizabeth...

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Rated PG-13 | For Brief Sexuality, Some Drug Use and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Sentimental drama is well acted but too mature for tweens.
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