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Joe Somebody Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a simple, wholesome parable, crashingly obvious, and we sit patiently while the characters and the screenplay slowly arrive at the inevitable conclusion. It needs to take some chances and surprise us.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    If "American Beauty" were a bland comedy, it would be Joe Somebody.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It turns out that Joe ends up liking the old Joe better too. Who just so happens to be the kind of average-Joe character that continues to make Allen such a tidy, non-Joe bundle.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A lot of this goes down surprisingly well, even if Panettiere, through no fault of her own, is saddled with phony precocious dialogue that makes her sound like an ancient sage.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 10+

Talented actors are wasted on bad script.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has very strong language for a PG, including many words they would not want their children to use. Joe smokes a cigar as an emblem of machismo. Characters drink and there is a scene in a bar. The entire theme of fighting back is very poorly handled. And some kids will be upset by the neglect of Joe's child.

  • Families can talk about popularity and why so many people will do anything to attain it.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Comic violence.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Strong for a PG, including gratutious shots of female characters in scanty underwear.

  • language false2

    Language: Strong language for a PG.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Macho drinking and cigar smoking.