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  • Summary: Joe (Allen) is a divorced corporate drone whose dead-end personal and professional lives begin to turn around after the office bully humiliates Joe in front of his daughter.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Joe Somebody sends audiences home happy but also with an awareness that happy endings have to be earned in real life as on the screen.
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The cop-out is mitigated by Allen's ability to impart a comfortable, lived-in quality to his roles, this one included.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Pretty formulaic stuff: bland self-empowerment tinged with warm fuzzies in all the right places. But what makes this "Somebody" something is Pasquin's deft touch and understanding with the material.
  4. It's routine, TV sitcom fodder, but the supporting cast is better than average.
  5. The picture is nearly stolen, however, by co-star Greg Germann (of TV's Ally McBeal) in the role of Joe's company's resident corporate weasel. Germann's squinty-eyed insincerity is truly a marvel to behold, and it's an astringent corrective to the film's rather too frequent feel-good passages.
  6. It isn't until Joe starts getting confident and cocky that Allen starts to feel a little more natural in the role, and by then the movie's plot has all but evaporated into a series of wispy gags that barely register.
  7. 20
    Wasn't worth Allen's time and isn't worth yours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 3 out of 9