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How Do You Know

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James L. Brooks

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About the Movie

Feeling a bit past her prime at 27, former athlete Lisa Jorgenson finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with Lisa's current, baseball-playing beau.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 148
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 101
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Everything looks primed for civilized amusement, but somewhere along the way the laughs dropped off, together with the question mark in the title. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Dec 28, 2010

Rotten: 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. – Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, Dec 17, 2010

Rotten: It's been six years since the last James Brooks comedy, so we might have expected a little rust. But not this weathered thing -- How Do You Know is so oxidized it's stuck. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Dec 17, 2010

Rotten: Good news: you've got great actors with wonderful chemistry and comic timing. Bad News: they're playing some of the most irritating, unlikable, infuriating characters ever committed to film – Marc Fennell, Triple J, Mar 1, 2011

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Customer Reviews


It was good but it was to romantic. I thought it would have more humor than romantic stuff but still good.

What's with all the hate?

Look, I understand that this is no 'top 10 list' film, but seriously, I liked it. Okay, the acting was kind of dumb, and yes, it was pretty slow in some places, but I laughed, and I thought is was cute in its romance.
The performances were not exactly believable, but this is a romantic/comedy, come on, your supposed to laugh, not give a character study. Plus, Jack Nicholson is always a treat to watch in all his acting wisdom.
The comedy itself was great. The timing may have been off here and there, but it was still good. The post-birth seen will make you laugh, and maybe even cry.
So yeah, when it comes to romantic/comedies, I've seen better. This film is flawed in many places, but I left the theater with a smile on my face. It's a good date movie, or just a good rent. It's simply put a fun time. Thumbs up.
"We are all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work." - Jack Nicholson as George

So Dissapointing

What was the point?
It wasn't funny (it tried to be), it was too long, too boring and just not worth seeing

How Do You Know
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2010

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