Reviews

Sep 2, 2011
Even by the standards of mopey teen rebels, this one really is a dreadful little prat.
Sep 2, 2011
A glossy fudge.
Sep 2, 2011
Sep 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.
Aug 31, 2011
Not funny, quirky, or particularly insightful.
Aug 31, 2011
A likeable debut from director Gavin Wiesen that will appeal to teens. And, my, hasn't that Freddie Highmore grown up.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 17, 2011
The vapidity of The Art of Getting By goes beyond the anthill-sized dramatic stakes. The dialogue, while occasionally epigrammatic, is tone-deaf to individual speech rhythms.
Jun 17, 2011
The Art of Getting By wants to be sweet and insightful, but ends up scattered and slight.
Jun 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...
Jun 17, 2011
A dull yet extremely self-important drama about rich, badly parented kids who feel sorry for themselves.
Jun 17, 2011
For anyone not in a similar state of age-related solipsism - i.e., anyone outside the 16- to 25-year-old age bracket - this is more than a little annoying.
Jun 17, 2011
There are several lessons to be learned in "The Art of Getting By," though all arrive too late to save this well-meaning but dreadfully executed movie.
Jun 17, 2011
Though Highmore and Roberts are appealing performers, Wiesen never gives us much reason to care about them.
Jun 17, 2011
You wouldn't surf past "Say Anything" to find it, but "Art" is a decent-enough entry in an overcrowded genre.
Jun 17, 2011
A half-baked little movie that proves indies can be every bit as boringly formulaic and artistically bankrupt as their big-budget brethren.
Jun 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.
Jun 16, 2011
Though it doesn't fully resonate as a romance, it is effective as a character study.
Jun 16, 2011
A charm-free wisp of a movie about that most annoying of recent archetypes: the mopey, privileged adolescent.