Some of the strongest writing in any movie so far this year, a uniformly superb cast...a real gem.
—Richard Roeper ReelzChannel
Does what pop culture does best, which is to give a face and voice to the common hurts and losses of life, and offer them to us to share.
—Ella Taylor NPR
Banks...brings real tenderness and courage to Frankie, and to the film. People Like Us may not be perfect, but Banks is perfectly imperfect.
—Tom Long Detroit News
In spite of its too-obvious directorial flaws, it has an emotional impact...reinforced by the guileless chemistry of a perfect cast and the genuine humanity in the script.
—Rex Reed New York Observer
Not without appeal, but it has a major construction flaw.
—Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine
While such desperate strivings work against the movie, eventually it wins us over, if the music of second chances appeals to you.
—Joe Neumaier New York Daily News
For a while there, the movie feels a little too much like a movie: phony and scripted.
—Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post
Pine is driven and touchingly vulnerable. And Banks, heartbreakingly good, nails every nuance in a raw wound of a role. Thanks to their teamwork, we believe we are watching people like us.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
Demonstrates how a drama can be heartfelt and bogus at the same time.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Those who are drawn to adult family dramas and who don't mind heavy-handed emotional manipulation might like [it].
—Claudia Puig USA Today