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How to Deal Reviews

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December 24, 2010
Even Moore fans may find this hard to deal with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 20, 2004
Fails to acknowledge the real problems teenagers face.
| Original Score: 0/4
February 13, 2004
Will enthral pre-teen chippies with its wholesome, marshmallow-peep-sweet vacuous-ness.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
January 2, 2004
[T]his is a movie that teenage girls -- and nearly no one else -- should enjoy.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2003
In delivering its message of teen perseverence, How to Deal piles on "issues" without finding a reasonable connective narrative.
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August 5, 2003
Overcrowded with characters and subplots, the film gives short shrift to the parts that should matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 2, 2003
How To Deal eventually folds because it stacks its deck against a true belief in the possibility of love. . .
July 31, 2003
The pop diva goes down with the bubbles in this hopelessly shallow soap opera.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 27, 2003
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 26, 2003
How to Deal is about dealing, I guess; I mean, that's what the title says after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 24, 2003
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 23, 2003
Maudlin teen nonsense at its worst, its most sappy, its least believable
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 22, 2003
The handful of comic moments will serve up a few good laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2003
Lacking both energy and pacing, it drifts like a driverless boat on a placid lake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 21, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2003
The whole film shamelessly panders to spoiled adolescents who think they know everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2003
I've seen a lot of dumb teen romances in the last couple years, but How to Deal, is a welcome exception.
July 20, 2003
Imagine Sixteen Candles as re-written by Britney Spears or Ghost World as re-written by Lizzie McGuire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 19, 2003
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
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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