• PG-13, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Gavin Wiesen
    In Theaters:
    Jun 17, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 29, 2011
  • Fox Searchlight


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The Art of Getting By Reviews

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Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered

Excellent performances by Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts make this one an enjoyable watch.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

March 2, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Gets by. Barely.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 4, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

An easygoing film that's not as quirky as it wants to be and does just enough to make you glad you watched.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

December 29, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

This film tries to be a rallying cry for the disenfranchised youth of today. Not being a disenfranchised youth of today, it was mostly lost on me.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 13, 2011
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

None of this first feature from writer-director Gavin Wiesen rings true, and most of it is preposterous and self-conscious.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 13, 2011
Adam Smith
Radio Times

It's a story that's been told numerous times and with more élan.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a glib, smug movie, its smart, upper-middle-class Manhattan attractively photographed, and George's problems are painlessly solved.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

September 5, 2011
Jason Best
Movie Talk

How much you enjoy The Art of Getting By will probably rest on whether you'd like to give its loafer hero a hug or a slap.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

September 2, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Even by the standards of mopey teen rebels, this one really is a dreadful little prat.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

September 2, 2011
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

The Art Of Getting By is not the horror show some US critics might have you believe; there are a lot of problems, but it's more than possible to look beyond them and find the still plentiful moments of quality and endearment beneath.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2011
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

A glossy fudge.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

September 2, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

There may be worse films showing right now, but there sure isn't one quite this forgettable.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

September 2, 2011
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Writer-director Gavin Wiesen piles on the coming-of-age clichés, and it doesn't help that his leading character has oddly middle-aged tastes.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

A big yawn, bereft of drama, surprise or any discernible point.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

You'll feel like swatting Freddie Highmore with a rolled-up newspaper the size of a railway carriage while watching this supremely annoying film, a teen drama populated by vulnerable indie moppets.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

September 1, 2011
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

Ultimately it's just hard to warm to George or care a jot about his teenage angst.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2011
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The bright cast holds our interest, but the corny, too-cute plot will only be of interest to pre-teen girls.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 1, 2011
Matthew Turner

Watchable indie-by-numbers, enlivened by likeable performances from Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano...

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

August 31, 2011
Emma Simmonds
Little White Lies

Not funny, quirky, or particularly insightful.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

August 31, 2011
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Wiesen's gossamer-thin tale asks a lot of Highmore, who could unkindly be referred to as the missing link between child stars Nicholas Boult and Haley Joel Osmont.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

August 31, 2011
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