Excerpt: I find it somewhat ironic that the title of this movie is “How Do You Know” when I would have liked to have known how utterly bad this was before I invested two hours of my time in it. Please pardon the run-on sentence. Now before I continue with my tirade, let’s examine some of the facts, shall we?
Excerpt: How do you know when you’re in the midst of a bad movie? When you’re watching How Do You Know . How do you know when a rounded cast is completely wasted? When you’re watching How Do You Know . How do you know the ending of this complex love triangle only 20-minutes into the movie?
Conclusion: James L. Brooks has directed some funny, appealing, emotional, and perceptive films, but sadly, the anemic 'How Do You Know' isn't one of them. This rambling, passionless romantic comedy is only mildly amusing and intermittently warm, and though the talented cast tries its best, the actors fail to...
Conclusion: In the extras, Brooks and others talk about the research that went into building the characters, namely that of Lisa. While her athletic background is built in, her motivation for dating a guy like Matty is lost on the viewer. At times the acting felt stilted, as if actors were merely reading lines.
Excerpt: The problem with making a romantic comedy as good as Broadcast News is that, even after your career continues for another 20 years, every movie you make will be compared, probably unfavorably, to Broadcast News . Writer-director James L.
Excerpt: "How Do You Know" is a James L. Brooks film that plays like a parody of a James L. Brooks film. It's an overly mannered, emotionally void romantic comedy, ideal for viewers who aren't on the hunt for common sense when it comes to the oily mechanics of love on the silver screen.
Excerpt: When Reese Witherspoon briefly visits a psychiatrist played by Tony Shalhoub in the hopelessly muddled comedy/drama How Do You Know , the scene feels conspicuously redundant, since everyone in the film spends much of their time analyzing their own thoughts, words, and actions.