The Art of Getting By Reviews

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September 2, 2011
A glossy fudge.
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.
August 31, 2011
Not funny, quirky, or particularly insightful.
June 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.
June 17, 2011
The Art of Getting By wants to be sweet and insightful, but ends up scattered and slight.
June 17, 2011
A dull yet extremely self-important drama about rich, badly parented kids who feel sorry for themselves.
June 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.
June 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.
June 17, 2011
Though Highmore and Roberts are appealing performers, Wiesen never gives us much reason to care about them.
June 17, 2011
You wouldn't surf past "Say Anything" to find it, but "Art" is a decent-enough entry in an overcrowded genre.
June 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.
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.
June 16, 2011
Though it doesn't fully resonate as a romance, it is effective as a character study.
June 16, 2011
A charm-free wisp of a movie about that most annoying of recent archetypes: the mopey, privileged adolescent.
June 16, 2011
Even slumped over Camus, Highmore's a charmer -- and he carries the movie well on his slim shoulders.
June 16, 2011
Hollow and pretentious.
June 16, 2011
Someday every overprivileged, misunderstood high school boy who has ever come of age in New York will have his own movie, and one good thing about "The Art of Getting By" is that it brings that day, the day we can move on to other matters, a little closer.
June 16, 2011
To paraphrase Tolstoy (or, really, to mash up Tolstoy with J.D. Salinger), all unhappy adolescences are alike - or at least they look that way when condensed into 90-odd minutes of privileged self-pity.
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.
June 16, 2011
At the end, I was wondering, what is the point?
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