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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 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
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. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Predicating an escapist romantic comedy on a realistic tragedy requires a nimble touch at the helm. Perhaps if Life had been made by, say, James Brooks, it would have worked.
  3. 60
    Despite these two actors' decent - and occasionally very charming - performances the film stacks the odds of the audience caring about Heigl and Duhamel against a narrative vacuum that favors eye candy and cheap effect over emotional logic.
  4. It's enough to say that the bland romantic comedy Life as We Know It, in which there is not a single deviation from formula, is well made for its corporate type.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Rosman
    40
    Brittle, workaholic and bitterly single does not a Kate Hepburn make, and in this latest screen iteration of The Taming of the Heigl, she doesn't stray far enough from her standard rom-com shtick.
  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: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  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 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 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 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 it still retains some comic fun, but the rest is a frankly uninteresting hour long argument. At least there's a cute baby. Expand
  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 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. Jun 11, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie was lame like a usual comedy from Hollywood. It was watchable but still not such a good movie. Kathrine Heigl was funny and the plot was nice and charming. However, the result is a happy ending which came out sadly bad 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 just move along. Expand

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