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How to Deal Reviews

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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 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 22, 2003
The handful of comic moments will serve up a few good laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
July 19, 2003
It's well-cast, with a gallery of fresh talent.
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 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
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
An amiable, after-school -special-style teen drama.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 18, 2003
Rushed, crowded teen drama kinda-sorta satisfies as pop star-turned-actress Mandy Moore leans to embrace ... love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2003
Some moments ring true, others seem contrived, but the film is by and large sustained by strong central performances and by its depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2003
How to Deal is a 'dramady' of a film, with first-time director Clare Kilner fighting valiantly to balance its heaviness with humor. Though it's no Terms of Endearment, she pulls it off.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 17, 2003
In an age when most teenagers are up to their eyeballs in postmodern consumer glitz, [Moore's] movies seem radical not just in their retro squareness but in their unfashionable embrace of faith over ironic flippancy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 17, 2003
[A] more-thoughtful -than-average film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 17, 2003
A much better deal than you're probably expecting.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 17, 2003
Sets a high level of integrity for adolescent melodramas.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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