The Half of It

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For viewers in search of an uncommonly smart, tender, and funny coming-of-age story, The Half of It has everything.

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Movie Info

Shy, straight-A student Ellie is hired by sweet but inarticulate jock Paul, who needs help winning over a popular girl. But their new and unlikely friendship gets complicated when Ellie discovers she has feelings for the same girl.

Cast

Leah Lewis
as Ellie Chu
Daniel Diemer
as Paul Munsky
Alexxis Lemire
as Aster Flores

Critic Reviews for The Half of It

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (3)

  • If The Half of It lacks the pizzazz and energy of similar Netflix fare, and doesn't have much to say beyond its initial setup, it at least takes a stab at doing something different.

    May 8, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • An endearing teen romance that handles sexual orientation with a light touch.

    May 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • It's a charming, light comedy that goes down easy.

    May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
    Top Critic
  • By telling a personal tale inspired by elements of her own young life, Wu achieves both singularity and universality. And it helps a great deal that the actress functioning as her stand-in has such a smart and compelling screen presence.

    May 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Too much of "The Half of It" doesn't pass the smell test to play as the heartsore farce it aspires to be, even as the emotions at the movie's core ring loud and true.

    May 1, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • It's so tenderhearted and transporting, its characters so likable, that you can't help but want to give the movie and everyone in it a big hug.

    May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

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