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How to Deal Reviews

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July 19, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2003
Painless to watch, but it's marred by some significant flaws.
July 19, 2003
It's well-cast, with a gallery of fresh talent.
July 18, 2003
A bad, unimaginative story posing pretentiously as the very opposite.
July 18, 2003
Another soundtrack-driven, disposable, not entirely objectionable teen movie.
July 18, 2003
A muddled mess of melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
July 18, 2003
Very melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 18, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 18, 2003
A picture that's all over the map.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 18, 2003
You do need a pretty strong stomach to swallow this sappy teen soaper.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
July 18, 2003
Promising to serve up life's complexity, Clare Kilner's movie doles it out in bite-sized, predigested portions.
July 18, 2003
May serve as training wheels for the next generation of romance novel fans.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 18, 2003
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.
July 18, 2003
How to Deal can't make up its mind what it is, which makes for a confusing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 18, 2003
It means well.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 18, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2003
There really is enough material to fuel a soap opera, which is what How to Deal is -- only it's crammed into 100 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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