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October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Just about the nicest words among the critics for Life as We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, come from Peter Howell of the Toronto Star, who calls the movie a “clunker,” but then adds: “Just like the clunker you end up buying and liking in spite of everything, Life As We Know It gets you there. Exactly where is hard to say, but chances are you won’t regret making the journey.” Similarly Ty Burr in the Boston Globe remarks that the movie “gives bland and predictable a good name.” Most of the critics agree that the two leads lack chemistry. But Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News says the actors are not to blame. “Unfortunately, it’s hard to generate chemistry when you don’t remotely resemble an actual human being. Duhamel ambles through his clichéd role, and though Heigl attempts to add some dimension, the assembly line script gives her little room to breathe.” Christopher Kelly in the Dallas Morning News suggests that the two actors are “fully aware that they haven’t stepped into the most original romantic comedy in cinema history, but that doesn’t stop them from giving it their all.” Amy Biancolli in the San Francisco Chronicle writes: “They sputter nicely together, whipping up a believable, fizzy charm that almost distracts us from the canned predictability of the script.” And Joe Morgenstern asks in the Wall Street Journal, “What are two particularly engaging performers doing in a dump of a comedy like this?”

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