• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Clare Kilner
    In Theaters:
    Jul 18, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 1, 2004
  • New Line Cinema

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How to Deal Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Even Moore fans may find this hard to deal with.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

December 24, 2010
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Fails to acknowledge the real problems teenagers face.

| Original Score: 0/4

September 20, 2004
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide

Will enthral pre-teen chippies with its wholesome, marshmallow-peep-sweet vacuous-ness.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 69/100

February 13, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

[T]his is a movie that teenage girls -- and nearly no one else -- should enjoy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

January 2, 2004
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

In delivering its message of teen perseverence, How to Deal piles on "issues" without finding a reasonable connective narrative.

Full Review

September 20, 2003
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY

Overcrowded with characters and subplots, the film gives short shrift to the parts that should matter.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 5, 2003
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com

How To Deal eventually folds because it stacks its deck against a true belief in the possibility of love. . .

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

August 2, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The pop diva goes down with the bubbles in this hopelessly shallow soap opera.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Would probably hold a special place in my heart regardless, due to the fact that it portrays a Star Wars geek as actually desirable, but this is a good movie by any standard.

| Original Score: B+

July 27, 2003
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

How to Deal is about dealing, I guess; I mean, that's what the title says after all.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2003
Paul Povse
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

In its non-hysterical depiction of the fog of personal relationship wars, the movie gently makes the point that, yeah, it really is a wild world out there.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 24, 2003
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Maudlin teen nonsense at its worst, its most sappy, its least believable

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

July 23, 2003
Alexis Mersel
Premiere Magazine

The handful of comic moments will serve up a few good laughs.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 22, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Lacking both energy and pacing, it drifts like a driverless boat on a placid lake.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

July 21, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It has more indigestible plot contrivances than a Claxton fruit cake has raisins, but at bottom it's not insultingly facile and it's moderately entertaining within its own soapy aims.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

July 21, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The whole film shamelessly panders to spoiled adolescents who think they know everything.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 21, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I've seen a lot of dumb teen romances in the last couple years, but How to Deal, is a welcome exception.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 21, 2003
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com

Imagine Sixteen Candles as re-written by Britney Spears or Ghost World as re-written by Lizzie McGuire.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 20, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Death. Accidents. Drug abuse by the elderly. Divorce. And that's all within the first 45 minutes.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

July 19, 2003
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Attempting to cram two books' worth of plot material into a 100-minute movie is not a very good idea, but How to Deal squeaks by with astute writing and effectively well-rounded performances from its ensemble.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 19, 2003
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