• 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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David Noh
Film Journal International

It's well-cast, with a gallery of fresh talent.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 19, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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Painless to watch, but it's marred by some significant flaws.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 19, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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After a while the bad lighting, graceless editing, sluggish dialogue and self-conscious performances begin to seem like marks of authenticity, as if the movie had been made not just for and about teenagers, but by them.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite.

July 18, 2003
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Another soundtrack-driven, disposable, not entirely objectionable teen movie.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 18, 2003
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A muddled mess of melodrama.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1/5

July 18, 2003
Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
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Very melodramatic.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

July 18, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

How to Deal holds few surprises, but it is beautifully acted by Moore and, especially, Janney, and the script never takes the easy way out.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2003
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Sounds like a bad episode of Dawson's Creek, but even the show's worst saga would have more emotional value than the tepid and amateurishly presented goings-on here.

| Original Score: 1/4

July 18, 2003
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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A picture that's all over the map.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

This is a pretty ghastly movie, except for the fact that, every once in a while, a glimmer of genuine humanity is allowed to peek through all of the artificial teen angst.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film, based on Sarah Dessen's young-adult novels Someone Like You and That Summer, isn't that good. But Moore is.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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You do need a pretty strong stomach to swallow this sappy teen soaper.

| Original Score: 1/5

July 18, 2003
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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Promising to serve up life's complexity, Clare Kilner's movie doles it out in bite-sized, predigested portions.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

July 18, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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May serve as training wheels for the next generation of romance novel fans.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 18, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's refreshing to see young people grappling with substantive matters for a change, but Clare Kilner piles on enough angst to fuel a month of soap opera.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

July 18, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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How to Deal can't make up its mind what it is, which makes for a confusing experience.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2003
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

It means well.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2003
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies

Part comedy, part tragedy, this teen romance rises above most of them out there, due in no small part to the sexy chemistry between Moore and Ford.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 18, 2003
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

There really is enough material to fuel a soap opera, which is what How to Deal is -- only it's crammed into 100 minutes.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

July 18, 2003
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