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  • Summary: Kate Reddy devotes her days to her job with a Boston-based financial management firm. At night she goes home to her adoring, recently-downsized architect husband Richard and their two young children. It's a non-stop balancing act, the same one that Kate's acerbic best friend and fellow working mother Allison performs on a daily basis, and that Kate's super-brainy, child-phobic young junior associate Momo fully intends to avoid. When Kate gets handed a major new account that will require frequent trips to New York, Richard also wins the new job he's been hoping for—and both will be spreading themselves even thinner. Complicating matters is Kate's charming new business associate Jack Abelhammer, who begins to prove an unexpected source of temptation. Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson. (The Weinstein Company)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 31
  2. Negative: 11 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Sep 15, 2011
    75
    In describing the conflict of a woman who has it all without enjoying it all, Pearson's book had teeth. McKenna's screenplay has only a smile. But is it ever good to laugh.
  2. 60
    Yes, I cringed at the casting, too, especially when, watching the trailer, I heard Parker deliver the narration in the same voice she used for Carrie in "Sex and the City." But Kate is funnier - less arch - than Carrie, and Parker reminds you what a dizzy, all-in, high-risk comic actress she can be when she's not too busy showing off the couture.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 16, 2011
    60
    From the wry narration to the girlish mannerisms, Parker really does turn this film into "Sex and the Kiddies."
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 12, 2011
    50
    Sarah Jessica Parker's myriad fans will doubtless appreciate her frazzled warmth in a part she energetically inhabits, but the picture at times feels out of step with contemporary reality and humorless in its adaptation of a comic bestseller.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 15, 2011
    40
    If Kate's hyperkinetic cheer and shrill self-absorption are Carrie trademarks, 13 years after "Sex and the City" first appeared on television, their appeal has all but evaporated. I Don't Know How She Does It seems stuck in the past.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 14, 2011
    33
    The second insurmountable problem is the difference between Parker's performance as a fortysomething banker, wife, and mother musing (in voice-over) at her computer and her previous performance as a single, thirtysomething girl-about-town in "Sex and the City": There is none. I don't know why she does it.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 15, 2011
    12
    Insipid, unfunny and cliche-ridden.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Jan 8, 2012
    4
    Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks star in I Don't Know How She Does It, a comedy from director Douglas McGrath (Emma, Infamous) and producer Donna Gigliotti (The Reader, Let Me In). Based on the critically acclaimed bestseller by Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does It follows a Boston-based working mother trying desperately to juggle marriage, children, and a high-stress job. Expand
  2. Jul 14, 2013
    4
    I Don' t Know How She Does It is romantic comedy that falls short on both sectors. Uninspired performances by Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan are tied together by dime-a-dozen feelgood story that has nothing more to offer than comforting predictability. Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2014
    1
    The paper-thin plot of this movie revolves around working mother Kate, juggling her way through life. It sounds dull and more appropriate for a sit-com – and definitely would be. I read that the script is based on a novel, which I am determined to ignore, especially after having seen the movie.

    Kate is played by SJP, an actress who could easily be described as the female Tom Hanks – albeit slightly less talented. Her likability is enormous, but unfortunately her choice of roles very limited; in her repertoire there are only comedies, most of them remarkable failures at the box office. Her sidekicks in this movie are Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan, two good actors with a wider range, who play respectively her husband and a business associate. One wishes there was more of them on screen. Unfortunately we get plenty of SJP and of her friend played by Christina Hendricks. It could have been any other actress playing second fiddle to SJP, as poor Christina is used only to enunciate a string of questionable statements.

    For a comedy there are very few laughers. Actually, none at all from me. The punch lines sounded tired and unfunny and the "real life" situations abused and stale: what about an envious colleague who would like to steal your glory? Or a supportive best friend with a lousy love life? Not to mention the neglected husband. All seen in a million other comedies, most of them better than this one.

    The problem with this, and an increasingly larger number of movies, is that they are targeted to a very restricted public. This one is targeted strictly to 1) working mothers with young children, and 2) die-hard fans of SJP. I doubt anybody else will find it even mildly amusing, as it does not work at all as a comedy. Indeed, in the cinema where I saw it, even if the audience was mostly female, only a woman in her mid-thirties laughed out loud.

    Besides, SJP starts to get a bit old for this type of role and her constant touching her hair drove me almost crazy. I wanted to shout: "Just cut it if it bothers you so much!". She used to have gorgeous hair, but even that is growing thin and limpy.
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  4. Sep 22, 2011
    0
    Absolutely Terrible all people involved in this movie should retire to President Nixons Island Party But seriously it was that bad id rather climb a mountain of people poop Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2011
    0
    My wife made me go see this, and it was awful at best. Horse faced SJP needs to retire. All the years of 'cute' head tilting and looks no longer holds any magic or interest for viewers. It would have been more enjoyable to stay at home and eat a pool of my own vomit than watch this film. No entertainment value at all, just a vanity piece SJP did for herself trying to pretend she is still young and attractive, which she is well passed. Expand

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