The Art of Getting By Reviews

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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.
September 1, 2011
Ultimately it's just hard to warm to George or care a jot about his teenage angst.
September 1, 2011
The bright cast holds our interest, but the corny, too-cute plot will only be of interest to pre-teen girls.
August 31, 2011
Watchable indie-by-numbers, enlivened by likeable performances from Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano...
August 31, 2011
Not funny, quirky, or particularly insightful.
August 31, 2011
Wiesen's gossamer-thin tale asks a lot of Highmore, who could unkindly be referred to as the missing link between child stars Nicholas Boult and Haley Joel Osmont.
August 31, 2011
A likeable debut from director Gavin Wiesen that will appeal to teens. And, my, hasn't that Freddie Highmore grown up.
August 25, 2011
Though woozily shot and well acted, embracing Gavin Wiesen's low-key coming-of-ager depends on whether you find its hero a self-important prick.
August 17, 2011
Feels a little far-fetched that this hip chick would have oddball George round to party on Manhattan's rooftops with her ultra cool friends, let alone grow to fancy him.
July 14, 2011
A flat and pretentious teen drama that rings false at every turn.
July 5, 2011
One tedious slog of a movie.
July 1, 2011
Teenage angst tales have been told better than in "The Art of Getting By," a story that's easily predictable if you have seen many coming-of-age movies.
June 25, 2011
It revels in coming of age genre clichs while at the same time subverting them, first-time writer/director Gavin Wiesen showing equal part talent and equal part mediocrity in his handling of the picture and its themes.
June 24, 2011
Every pointless moment is visually dull, too, shot like a bland TV update of Some Kind of Wonderful.
June 24, 2011
I didn't laugh a lot and there were numerous bad music cues prompting me to feel something.
June 20, 2011
Another sad-sack ode to the allure that cigarettes and Albert Camus have to a very near-sighted kind of young American males.
June 18, 2011
An appealing small fry in such films as Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Highmore now turns up in his first significant role in years. To quote Fred Willard in A Mighty Wind, "Hey, wha' happened?"
June 18, 2011
Despite good performances by the leads, the action proceeds in dutiful lockstep, touching predictable dramatic bases to the accompaniment of predictable pop songs.
June 17, 2011
the story is filmed beautifully, but the spark of savage passions that should run through the experience like the gash of a bleeding wound is not there
June 17, 2011
Freddie Highmore became famous as a child actor in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he's thoroughly unprepared for the challenges of an adult leading role.
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