Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
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  1. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jun 28, 2012
    60
    It's a soapy, predictable ride where everyone learns about the importance of family. And though it's just a Christmas tree away from being a holiday special, the stellar cast wrings just enough genuine emotion out of a stale premise to make it mostly sweet.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jun 27, 2012
    50
    For all its emotional and familial kerfuffles, People Like Us is an honorable misfire – good intentions and all.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 29, 2012
    50
    People Like Us is neither optimal nor prime.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 28, 2012
    50
    A fine and moving film could be made from this story, which was inspired, loosely, by events and situations in the lives of Kurtzman and Orci. But the script sets an awfully low bar for Sam's redemption.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 29, 2012
    50
    The most interesting plot development – Frankie starts falling for Sam – is nipped in the bud. Some things even a soap opera won't stoop to.
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 27, 2012
    58
    People Like Us demonstrates how a drama can be heartfelt and bogus at the same time.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 28, 2012
    60
    Its hard sell wears you down and draws you in, even as you know you're being manipulated.
  8. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 1, 2012
    50
    As usual, it's Banks, who's turning great performances in lousy movies into some kind of brilliant career strategy.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 29, 2012
    50
    Pine and the always-watchable Banks make the best of a bad screenplay, but People Like Us gives us nothing that we can relate to.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Jun 27, 2012
    58
    Viewers who dislike movies in which all drama hinges on one character withholding information from another for no reason beyond the need to keep the plot chugging along should stay far away from People Like Us. The film does have its charms, but getting to them means seeing past a Buick-sized contrivance.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 28, 2012
    60
    If its tone is considerably tougher than that of movies adapted from Nicholas Sparks novels, it is still a grown-up soap opera. And as the overly determined plot progresses, it feels increasingly Sparks-like, although there are no dewy young lovebirds to swoon over.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Jun 28, 2012
    60
    The glossily photographed family drama People Like Us is not without appeal, but it has a major construction flaw. It's dramatic arc is predicated on the problem of accidental incestuous attraction. Egads.
  13. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 26, 2012
    40
    The pity is that the people in People Like Us ultimately don't feel any more dimensional than the archetypes dutifully dotting his lowest-denominator multiplex fodder. He's just picked a different set of clichés to ransack.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jun 28, 2012
    50
    The movie's soap opera quality undermines its efforts to tell a family saga with much believability.
  15. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 15, 2012
    60
    If they never fully sell the situation, the actors nonetheless deliver strong, emotionally accessible work.
  16. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jun 26, 2012
    40
    Ultimately, however, People Like Us is infected with the "life-affirming" pox; this means making a narrative priority of redeeming everyone before adequately explaining them.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 28, 2012
    40
    Going on too long seems to be the disease of the week; it's certainly what brings this movie down, though the going on here stems from a surfeit of implausible plot that suffocates the main characters and the excellent actors who play them.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Mar 17, 2013
    9
    A strong cast along with an engaging story, People Like Us may not be seen by many but should be seen by more. Chris Pine and Elizabeth BanksA strong cast along with an engaging story, People Like Us may not be seen by many but should be seen by more. Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks give two of their best performances and it's always good to see Michelle Pfeiffer. Full Review »
  2. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    I reviewed the film "People like us" what a film, such great acting and, such a storyline. I had shed a line of tears out of my right eye,I reviewed the film "People like us" what a film, such great acting and, such a storyline. I had shed a line of tears out of my right eye, after viewing this film. I don't care what bad things anyone says about this film, because I think it is such a beautiful movie. Such great actors and Actresses with such great performances. What a great storyline to be told in such a film. I don't know why it wasn't in second place in movie theatres. Chris Pine's character finds out his recently deceased father left him more that enough money, to pay off his debt, he had enough to go on a long vacation with his girlfriend and shop up the wazoo. But in this movie, he discovers he has an older sister, who was from the first marriage. An affair, which lead to the husband leaving his previous wife and child behind. At the funeral, he had ran into his sister, which she never knew he existed, who also has plenty of problems in her own and a young son. The reason he knew he has an older sibling is through the mother played by Michelle Pfeiffer. She told him the main reason he has an older sister, the affair and the choices his father made in staying with her instead of going back to his first wife. The older sibling, played by Elizabeth Banks had mentioned her father had forgotten about her as usual, because he left her with nothing, even though she was his first child.This happens in real life, and men get away from paying child support, and there's some women too. The man/ woman just walk away easy from his/her first family and abandon them all together. The older sibling felt no real emotions, because her father had walked completely out of her life, and leaving a very empty hole in her heart, not to be filled. That is such a sick thing and so sad. This film is so original, meaning it is no remade over. This film should definitely be nominated for best film in drama category and great acting. Full Review »
  3. Aug 29, 2014
    7
    The product of a well-written screenplay, People Like Us is a uniquely heartwarming romantic-comedy holstered by Elizabeth Banks, Chris PineThe product of a well-written screenplay, People Like Us is a uniquely heartwarming romantic-comedy holstered by Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine and Michelle Pfeiffer. Full Review »