The Art of Getting By - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Art of Getting By Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Pathetic. Nothing but an over-privileged filmmaker mining his prep school diaries for narcissistic roleplay.
Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered
March 2, 2013
Excellent performances by Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts make this one an enjoyable watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 4, 2013
Gets by. Barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
An easygoing film that's not as quirky as it wants to be and does just enough to make you glad you watched.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 13, 2011
This film tries to be a rallying cry for the disenfranchised youth of today. Not being a disenfranchised youth of today, it was mostly lost on me.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 13, 2011
None of this first feature from writer-director Gavin Wiesen rings true, and most of it is preposterous and self-conscious.
Adam Smith
Radio Times
September 8, 2011
It's a story that's been told numerous times and with more élan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 5, 2011
It's a glib, smug movie, its smart, upper-middle-class Manhattan attractively photographed, and George's problems are painlessly solved.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 2, 2011
How much you enjoy The Art of Getting By will probably rest on whether you'd like to give its loafer hero a hug or a slap.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 2, 2011
Even by the standards of mopey teen rebels, this one really is a dreadful little prat.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
September 2, 2011
The Art Of Getting By is not the horror show some US critics might have you believe; there are a lot of problems, but it's more than possible to look beyond them and find the still plentiful moments of quality and endearment beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 2, 2011
A glossy fudge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 2, 2011
There may be worse films showing right now, but there sure isn't one quite this forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
September 1, 2011
Writer-director Gavin Wiesen piles on the coming-of-age clichés, and it doesn't help that his leading character has oddly middle-aged tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
September 1, 2011
A big yawn, bereft of drama, surprise or any discernible point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 1, 2011
You'll feel like swatting Freddie Highmore with a rolled-up newspaper the size of a railway carriage while watching this supremely annoying film, a teen drama populated by vulnerable indie moppets.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
September 1, 2011
Ultimately it's just hard to warm to George or care a jot about his teenage angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 1, 2011
The bright cast holds our interest, but the corny, too-cute plot will only be of interest to pre-teen girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
August 31, 2011
Watchable indie-by-numbers, enlivened by likeable performances from Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Simmonds
Little White Lies
August 31, 2011
Not funny, quirky, or particularly insightful.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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