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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.
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. 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: Gareth Von Kallenbach
    An entertaining diversion and if you want a light film to just sit back and relax to, then this might just be your movie.
  4. It turns out that Joe ends up liking the old Joe better too. Who just so happens to be the kind of average-Joe character that continues to make Allen such a tidy, non-Joe bundle.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    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