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The Art of Getting By Reviews

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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
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 31, 2011
Watchable indie-by-numbers, enlivened by likeable performances from Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
August 31, 2011
A likeable debut from director Gavin Wiesen that will appeal to teens. And, my, hasn't that Freddie Highmore grown up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
June 17, 2011
When a film covers familiar ground, as this coming-of-age story does, it had better offer an original point of view or, at the very least, interesting characters. The Art of Getting By has both, and while it loses its footing now and then, its...
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
June 17, 2011
A New York City boy-meets-girl story may be something we've seen many times before and often better, but Wiesen brings something unique to the mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 17, 2011
The beginnings of a very good coming-of-age movie are in here, waiting to ripen.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
June 17, 2011
The most real love story of its time
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 17, 2011
You wouldn't surf past "Say Anything" to find it, but "Art" is a decent-enough entry in an overcrowded genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2011
Smart and sweet enough to become the favorite film of some Midwestern adolescent who wrongly believes he's already seen the dark side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 16, 2011
Though it doesn't fully resonate as a romance, it is effective as a character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2011
Even slumped over Camus, Highmore's a charmer -- and he carries the movie well on his slim shoulders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 16, 2011
For all his reliance on teen-movie formula, writer-director Gavin Wiesen is surprisingly adept at depicting messy emotions and capturing the spontaneity of adolescence.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 16, 2011
The blend of melancholy, whimsy and emotional honesty in the performances by its young stars make this film more tolerable and affecting than it deserves to be.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 15, 2011
George isn't always the most appealing guy, and that complexity is welcome, with Highmore sharing credible chemistry with Roberts, also submitting pleasing work as the object of desire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 15, 2011
Unlike most recent coming-of-age movies, this one gets by on more than capricious eccentricity and sentimentality. It has something called heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 15, 2011
A spunky coming-of-age drama that reveals that this transitional stage of life is not a solo act but a communal one requiring the encouragement and support of many different people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 1, 2011
Somewhat vanilla JUNO-clone. Not an awful film, but nothing that sticks out, especially at Sundance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
January 25, 2011
Homework is an epitome of the quirky, coming of age trend at Sundance, a hollow but likable enough comedy headed for modest box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Pathetic. Nothing but an over-privileged filmmaker mining his prep school diaries for narcissistic roleplay.
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