• 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

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

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

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

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

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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