Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 32% based on reviews from 19 critics. 
In one account of human affairs, an all-powerful deity rules over everything. Nothing can occur without the knowledge and sanction of the omnipotent creator god. In a much more recent iteration, we inhabit an unimaginably complex computer simulation , in which every thing—ourselves included—has been created by all-powerful programmers. The first scenario gives millions of people comfort, the second… well, maybe only a handful of cult-like Silicon Valley techo-futurists. But in either case, the question inevitably arises: how is it possible that there is any such thing as true freedom? The idea that free will is an illusion has haunted philosophical thought for at least a couple thousand years.
Caryn James, the author of the novels “What Caroline Knew” and “Glorie,” is at work on two nonfiction books.
In 2008, Alain de Botton founded The School of Life . Based in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Seoul, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, São Paulo, Berlin, Zurich and Melbourne, The School of Life offers an emotional education focusing in particular on the issues of Work and Relationships. In an interview with  de Botton said:
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work has received mixed reviews in Britain, with The Times' Naomi Wolf saying she was "ready to hurl it across the room" after 40 pages and The Sunday Telegraph's Anne Bilson concluding "Thank God for Alain de Botton."