How to Be Single

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  • Summary: There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts andThere’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 11, 2016
    88
    It’s one of the most endearing romantic comedies in recent memory, with some laugh-out-loud dialogue, gorgeous photography and uniformly charming performances from the entire cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 10, 2016
    70
    Much like its characters' romantic lives, How to Be Single is more enjoyable when it's being casual.
  3. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Feb 12, 2016
    63
    Think of How to Be Single as a cinematic Whitman’s Sampler: There are enough pieces that work to offset the pieces that don’t.
  4. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Feb 10, 2016
    60
    The script offers enough laughs to keep the movie from feeling completely disposable...and it outshines many of its genre peers through little touches like not punishing its female characters for enjoying sex and casting Damon Wayans Jr. (as a romantic interest for Alice) in a role in which his race is thoroughly irrelevant.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Feb 11, 2016
    50
    Exhausting and seemingly endless.
  6. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Feb 17, 2016
    40
    I like the declarative clarity, the strength of conviction in the title. I wish the movie itself bore the same certainty, or sturdiness.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 11, 2016
    25
    Ultimately, How to Be Single feels reverse-engineered to justify its ending, which while admittedly gratifying, can’t accurately be described as happy. For that, it would have to be worth the contrivances, cliches and tedium that have gone before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Mar 18, 2016
    8
    As a female, I responded very well to “How to Be Single.” Most of us have either been in similar situations portrayed in the movie or we’veAs a female, I responded very well to “How to Be Single.” Most of us have either been in similar situations portrayed in the movie or we’ve sat beside our girlfriends when they’ve found themselves in comparable positions.

    The women-centric humor makes this more of a “girls’ night out” movie than a “date night” movie. That’s not to say that men won’t find things to enjoy here, but I think if you’re a girl you’ll find a little extra delight in the story and characters.

    I loved how the film treats its leads with respect: Rebel Wilson thankfully isn’t the butt of fatty jokes and Dakota Johnson is perfect as a normal, average, everyday girl (no fake movie star good looks). It was completely believable that these two would be fast friends. Throw in a charming turn from Alison Brie and the always charismatic Leslie Mann and you have a recipe for success. Men are well represented and surprisingly well written too, something you don’t often see in such a gal-pal movie. Damon Wayans Jr. and Anders Holm give convincing performances as dudes with issues that (mostly) felt authentic — let’s forget the plumbing joke, shall we?

    Best of all, this movie is funny! While Rebel steals the show as usual, there were times when I had to cover my mouth in the theater because I couldn’t stop laughing. Judging by my fellow female audience members, the humor was a slam dunk with them too.

    It was a little off-putting that most of the women in the film were adamant that they didn’t need a man to be happy, yet they still spend the entire film in pursuit of one. But that’s okay. In the end, what’s not to like about an overall message of friendship, finding your way, and owning your sexuality?

    There are a few too many subplots and storylines with characters who get left by the wayside, but that often happens with movies that are based on novels (like this one by Liz Tuccillo). Despite its minor flaws, this is still an enjoyable and very funny film.

    A SCREEN ZEALOTS REVIEW
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  2. Feb 14, 2016
    7
    I had very low expectations walking into How To Be Single, but I was very surprised. The film is not only hilarious, it is so cute, sad, andI had very low expectations walking into How To Be Single, but I was very surprised. The film is not only hilarious, it is so cute, sad, and just a fun movie. Expand
  3. Feb 27, 2016
    7
    I think we have a big problem with the critique of movies. According to the critics, the most prominent ones are either a load of trash or soI think we have a big problem with the critique of movies. According to the critics, the most prominent ones are either a load of trash or so generic that we shouldn't give much thought to them. The ones worth praise are low budget and or thematically rich. But this isn't the truth. Every movie has something to give. Most are so good that millions flock to see them. We have a apparent disconnect between those who are paid to review movies and the everyday people who see them. So I think that we shouldn't let the reviewers have the last say as to how well a movie is. I bring this up here because How to be Single is a great example of this. I enjoyed it a good deal. And it should be noted that I have been waiting for this movie ever since they were filming it many months ago. Alison Brie is a awesome actress. And Dakota's also quite cute. And that's all I wanted from this movie. :) Expand
  4. Jun 19, 2016
    6
    'How to Be Single' follows an ensemble of characters throughout the film. The primary focus is on a young woman aiming to find herself, Alice'How to Be Single' follows an ensemble of characters throughout the film. The primary focus is on a young woman aiming to find herself, Alice (Dakota Johnson). She travels to the big apple, New York City, in order to complete her goal of finding out who she truly is and is quickly consumed by the New York nightlife for singles along with her office-mate and co-single life partner Robin (Rebel Wilson). As these two and their stories unfold, other stories begin to take place too. One, for example, is the story of Alice's sister, Meg (Leslie Mann), who is EXTREMELY single yet desires to get pregnant but things get complicated once she meets Ken (Jake Lacy) and begins to fall in love with him after she already took steps in order to get a baby. Other stories are told from different perspectives like single dad David (Damon Wayans Jr.), bartender and swinger Tom (Anders Holm), and the online dating queen searching for the perfect guy, Michelle (Sarah Ramos), as well as a few other supporting characters. Some of these people cross roads at some points and some do not but nonetheless, it creates quite the story as the film continues from beginning to end.

    Overall I enjoyed 'How to Be Single'. As I said before, the plot is a very modern plot that many people have either been involved in or have been a witness to personally and all while everything happens, it is quite comical from beginning to end. Each actor and actress had a very entertaining and comedic role and all brought a creative energy to the film with each minute that passed. Dakota Johnson included. After seeing 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (yes, I know, I watched it, stop judging), I thought Dakota was unimpressive to say the least but in 'How to Be Single', she brings a very low-key comedic energy to the table and I found myself laughing at many of her quips and one-liners. One last point that I thoroughly enjoyed was how the film was shot. It showed excellent shots of New York City capturing the beauty in the city. Also there was a small feature that I liked in the form of how a small text box would pop up as the characters were about to text another person through their cell phones. I thought it was creative and refreshing. A few points that I was not a fan of this movie were for one, there are a few time lapses that are confusing to follow. Sometimes it jumps a couple weeks, sometimes a couple months and it was just hard to follow at times. Another point was, as much as they brought great energy, the introduction of all the characters seemed quick and forced to a point where it is a little confusing to remember who was who and their relation to the story.

    All in all, as I said, I overall enjoyed this film for what it was worth as a romantic comedy. It was refreshing and modern. The cast brought a great comedic energy in their own unique ways. I would recommend this movie as a great candidate for a nice date night out. Although even the story is something interesting to embrace.
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  5. Jun 1, 2016
    5
    This film is just okay but had potential to be better than that. The films ideas are compelling but the execution is poor. You just don'tThis film is just okay but had potential to be better than that. The films ideas are compelling but the execution is poor. You just don't care much for the characters. In the end I've seen worse, but I really wanted to like the film more. C+ Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2016
    5
    How to Be Single tries to impress me, but it couldn't anyways. I love the attempt... it's just one problem wrong with it. I don't want to knowHow to Be Single tries to impress me, but it couldn't anyways. I love the attempt... it's just one problem wrong with it. I don't want to know how to be single. Mediocre movie for the best for moviegoers anyways. I highly doubt there would be people watching this by the way. Expand
  7. Feb 16, 2016
    3
    What a stupid movie, saw it because our choices were limited. I only gave it a 3 because of the few times I laughed (smiled actually). ButWhat a stupid movie, saw it because our choices were limited. I only gave it a 3 because of the few times I laughed (smiled actually). But other than that, it's one hell of a silly movie, silly script, and way too long. No Reccomendo Expand

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