How to Deal Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 18, 2003
It's too heavy on issues and too light on just observing the characters and enjoying their freshness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 17, 2003
Those not already committed to the star or the books will find the movie hard going, because of stunning ineptitude in translating written material to the screen.
| Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Even Moore fans may find this hard to deal with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
August 2, 2003
How To Deal eventually folds because it stacks its deck against a true belief in the possibility of love. . .
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
August 12, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 23, 2003
Maudlin teen nonsense at its worst, its most sappy, its least believable
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 21, 2003
The whole film shamelessly panders to spoiled adolescents who think they know everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
San Francisco Examiner
July 19, 2003
| Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 17, 2003
Moore and Ford rise above the hackneyed story, infusing the proceedings with their own chemistry and appeal. If only the adults responsible for this film could learn how to deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 18, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 17, 2003
"How to Deal" is a random assemblage of contrary situations, hoary marital comedy cliches and out-of-left-field teen melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 18, 2003
How to deal is by basically ignoring this film unless you're 16 and still moping and pouting around your high school...
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 17, 2003
A movie which you will find almost unbearable unless you are 1. already a huge Mandy Moore fan, 2. 12 years old and 3. clinically dead.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 18, 2003
This movie is the worst episode of Gilmore Girls ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 18, 2003
Despite attempts at seriousness, How To Deal remains a bland and mostly predictable coming -of-age story.
| Original Score: C
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 18, 2003
May serve as training wheels for the next generation of romance novel fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 18, 2003
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 18, 2003
A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 31, 2003
The pop diva goes down with the bubbles in this hopelessly shallow soap opera.
| Original Score: 2/4
July 18, 2003
It would take a very powerful Jedi mind trick to convince me this was any good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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October 18, 2008
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PopMatters
August 30, 2003
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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July 17, 2003

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July 19, 2003
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July 19, 2003

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July 24, 2003

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August 2, 2003
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