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How to Deal Reviews

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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 19, 2003
Painless to watch, but it's marred by some significant flaws.
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 19, 2003
It's well-cast, with a gallery of fresh talent.
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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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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 18, 2003
Another soundtrack-driven, disposable, not entirely objectionable teen movie.
Angel Cohn
TV Guide
July 18, 2003
A muddled mess of melodrama.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
July 18, 2003
Very melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2003
A picture that's all over the map.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 18, 2003
You do need a pretty strong stomach to swallow this sappy teen soaper.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
July 18, 2003
Promising to serve up life's complexity, Clare Kilner's movie doles it out in bite-sized, predigested portions.
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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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 18, 2003
It means well.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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