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88
Possibly the best movie that could be made about Toby Young that isn't rated NC-17.
75
A sharp-witted satire of celebrity journalism.
75
Miami Herald
This film, directed by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Robert Weide, makes an entertaining companion piece to his book.
63
Feels jumbled and disorganized. It's not altogether unpalatable, but that doesn't present it from being a mess.
58
Best in show is the divine Gillian Anderson as a powerful celebrity publicist, editing the image of her clients in much the same way this adaptation tames Young's much pricklier book.
50
Gets muddled in slapstick and crude humor.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Unfortunately, both Bridges and Anderson are only intermittently in the movie. And when they're not around, How to Lose Friends loses its satirical edge, becoming an alarmingly safe, almost corny romantic comedy.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
Simon Pegg is likably smart and obnoxious as the fish-out-of-water Brit in high-gloss Manhattan, but he's swimming upstream in a feature that substitutes slapstick for scathing wit.
38
An embarassingly unfunny, stumblebum adaptation of Toby Young's memoir.
38
Nothing in How to Lose Friends feels fresh or on target.
20
Problem is, this movie is all surface - to quote one character, it has hidden shallows.

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