The Art of Getting By Reviews

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 17, 2011
The vapidity of The Art of Getting By goes beyond the anthill-sized dramatic stakes. The dialogue, while occasionally epigrammatic, is tone-deaf to individual speech rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 17, 2011
The Art of Getting By wants to be sweet and insightful, but ends up scattered and slight.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 17, 2011
A dull yet extremely self-important drama about rich, badly parented kids who feel sorry for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 17, 2011
For anyone not in a similar state of age-related solipsism - i.e., anyone outside the 16- to 25-year-old age bracket - this is more than a little annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 17, 2011
There are several lessons to be learned in "The Art of Getting By," though all arrive too late to save this well-meaning but dreadfully executed movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 17, 2011
Though Highmore and Roberts are appealing performers, Wiesen never gives us much reason to care about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 17, 2011
You wouldn't surf past "Say Anything" to find it, but "Art" is a decent-enough entry in an overcrowded genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 17, 2011
A half-baked little movie that proves indies can be every bit as boringly formulaic and artistically bankrupt as their big-budget brethren.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2011
Smart and sweet enough to become the favorite film of some Midwestern adolescent who wrongly believes he's already seen the dark side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 16, 2011
Though it doesn't fully resonate as a romance, it is effective as a character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2011
A charm-free wisp of a movie about that most annoying of recent archetypes: the mopey, privileged adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2011
Even slumped over Camus, Highmore's a charmer -- and he carries the movie well on his slim shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 16, 2011
Hollow and pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 16, 2011
Someday every overprivileged, misunderstood high school boy who has ever come of age in New York will have his own movie, and one good thing about "The Art of Getting By" is that it brings that day, the day we can move on to other matters, a little closer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 16, 2011
To paraphrase Tolstoy (or, really, to mash up Tolstoy with J.D. Salinger), all unhappy adolescences are alike - or at least they look that way when condensed into 90-odd minutes of privileged self-pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 16, 2011
In his writing/directing debut, Gavin Wiesen is both shamelessly derivative and inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 16, 2011
For all his reliance on teen-movie formula, writer-director Gavin Wiesen is surprisingly adept at depicting messy emotions and capturing the spontaneity of adolescence.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 16, 2011
At the end, I was wondering, what is the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 16, 2011
Like Highmore's character, The Art Of Getting By takes a frustratingly long time to commit to any choices.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 16, 2011
Every scene, and nearly every moment, makes you wonder if Wiesen has talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 15, 2011
The players are not so much teens as miniature adults, dissecting their own natures with insightfulness that typically comes through decades of reflection, if it comes at all.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 15, 2011
Old Holden would call the whole movie phony, and I agree, if you want to know the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 15, 2011
Unlike most recent coming-of-age movies, this one gets by on more than capricious eccentricity and sentimentality. It has something called heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 15, 2011
...a limp, lifeless and rote retread, utterly unconvincing in most of its New York details and so overly familiar it might as well have been titled 'Tadpole Goes Down an Infinite Playlist'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 15, 2011
It's another wan tale of an anti-social teen who finds himself irresistible to the sweetest, prettiest girl in school.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
June 15, 2011
Ugh! For a movie devoted to an alleged geek-rebel underdog, this coming-of-age flick couldn't be more conformist...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
Gavin Wiesen's first film, as passive and vanilla as its title, continues the numbing trendlet begun in 2008 with Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: dramatizing the stupefying dullness of privileged white teenagers in New York City.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
June 13, 2011
The chief function of this trite debut feature appears to be as a job application for its writer-director to join the Hollywood rom-com assembly line.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 24, 2011
Facile, formulaic and utterly charm-free.