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  • Summary: Holly Berenson is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has inHolly Berenson is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Messer are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they'll have to find some common ground while living under one roof. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  1. The dialogue is an occasionally witty cut above the norm, partly because director Greg Berlanti goes easy on those cute baby reaction shots, but mainly because of something rather more valuable: screen chemistry.
  2. The movie begins with a tragedy and eases into a more interesting blend of drama and comedy than we've gotten in this genre lately.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    It's a predictable date-night diversion.
  4. 50
    Possibly because Heigl is one of the producers, the most beautiful woman in the film -- the stunning Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" -- dies in an off-screen car crash barely before the opening credits are over.
  5. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    40
    The feminine fantasies Berlanti seemingly seeks to stoke are undercut by a vibe that's weirdly misogynistic.
  6. The movie relies on the notion that postponing sex heightens arousal, but its lovers aren't any better matched post-coitus than they were before.
  7. 12
    This is crap as we know it, a 113 minute package of romcom suck.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Oct 11, 2010
    10
    I think the critics got it wrong. This movie is really charming, funny, entertaining, and surprisingly not overly sentimental for itsI think the critics got it wrong. This movie is really charming, funny, entertaining, and surprisingly not overly sentimental for its tearjerker moments. Heigl and Duhamel are perfectly cast with no false notes. I think it's the best thing Heigl's done in film. The script is great, the direction is solid and even all the minor characters do a fantastic job. But the biggest surprise is Duhamel who is pitch perfect in the role. This is a pretty darn good film. Expand
  2. Jan 5, 2013
    8
    Step into the world of sudden parents Messer & Holly who are now taking care of their friends daughter after their sudden death. It's yourStep into the world of sudden parents Messer & Holly who are now taking care of their friends daughter after their sudden death. It's your fairly average rom-com but a creative concept that I haven't seen tackled before. The cast is likable, both Heigl & Duhamel work well together, and while its a tad predictable there are enough shining moments here to make it a solid film. Overall if you like the genre and the stars then give it a go because there's enough here for an enjoyable viewing. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    6
    Better than average. Worse than I thought it would be.

    Two polar opposites stuck to raise a child. Together. After their mutual friends are
    Better than average. Worse than I thought it would be.

    Two polar opposites stuck to raise a child. Together. After their mutual friends are killed in a car accident, they're the only option. What else happens is not only predictable, but almost inevitable. I hate to say this, because I love Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, but the script is pretty run of the mill. While the relationship with the child is well-thought out, and though unoriginal, fun to watch, the relationship between Messer and Holly was too quick. You don't go on a date and fall in love. This isn't a Nicholas Sparks novel. Their relationship was too rushed. I'm not sure who to blame here - the writers or the director, for editing out good moments between the pairing. This is aimed at for hopeless romantics (myself included) so maybe it would've been smarter to focus a little more on the couple.
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  4. Jan 28, 2012
    5
    Life as We Know it means well and it features surprisingly good performances from Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel who have excellentLife as We Know it means well and it features surprisingly good performances from Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel who have excellent chemistry. The film does generate some laughs but falls for the basic Romantic Comedy formula instead of the hopeful premise we had in mind. I give this film 58%. Expand
  5. Oct 29, 2011
    5
    While it begins charming and fairly clever, it quickly devolves into a messy bitter sweet wallow through the ilk of parenting. Sometimes itWhile it begins charming and fairly clever, it quickly devolves into a messy bitter sweet wallow through the ilk of parenting. Sometimes it still retains some comic fun, but the rest is a frankly uninteresting hour long argument. At least there's a cute baby. Expand
  6. May 28, 2011
    2
    The movie can be summed up in one sentence: Moments of fun surrounded by great gaps of boredom. Oftentimes, one wished the story would justThe movie can be summed up in one sentence: Moments of fun surrounded by great gaps of boredom. Oftentimes, one wished the story would just move along. Expand

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