The Half of It Reviews

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May 27, 2020
Compassionate and emotionally universal, Alice Wu's film understands several very particular teen experience: Falling in love, adolescent dignity, and thinking you're the only brain in town.
May 26, 2020
All three characters...bring a realism to the traditional teen romance that reminds audiences that sometimes, the happily ever after can be delivered in a different way. And in the case of The Half of It, it makes it all the sweeter.
May 21, 2020
Wu does a lot of work in this film with various themes. She doesn't care about the storybook ending that some viewers may have been dying for - she chooses something much more real.
May 21, 2020
The Half of It is beautiful, stirring, and emotional, and certainly worth a watch.
May 19, 2020
The Half of It doesn't depend on love, or its characters to save each other. It allows them to make decisions for themselves, and become whole instead of waiting on the other half. That in itself is a bold stroke if there ever was one.
May 18, 2020
A quality [film] without cliches. [Full review in Spanish]
May 18, 2020
The Half of It is a timeless classic in an era of uncomfortable change and existence.
May 16, 2020
A cut above your average teen romance: genuinely interested in the nature and complexities of love...funny and witty with a literate script and charming performances.
May 15, 2020
The Half of It is immensely entertaining. And bully for a movie with some actual queer representation.
May 15, 2020
Wu's film is stronger in it's convictions and goes far beyond the usual conventions and tropes of the high-school genre to firmly plant its feet on new ground
May 14, 2020
What does finding "the one" even mean? It's a big question with a multitude of answers and Alice Wu's examination of just that is powerful enough to encourage one to make a bold step for the better, no matter their definition of "the one."
May 12, 2020
Despite its slightly unbalanced narrative, The Half of It ultimately succeeds, in large part thanks to the authenticity of its three young leads, even when their surroundings don't always ring true.
May 11, 2020
A sophisticated and somewhat-engaging story, with more than a few good moments. While the premise is familiar, the execution works...
May 10, 2020
The film works on several levels ... it's a satire of typical teenage coming-of-age films, it's emotionally right on target, it has great laughs and it contains an appreciation for how great works of art inspires our souls. A Tribeca Film Fest winner!
May 10, 2020
The Half of It respects its characters and its viewers alike, delivering a love story that finds as much meaning in a platonic relationship as a romantic one.
May 10, 2020
The handwaved 'Latin-ness' of Aster Flores collapses under its own ambiguity.
May 9, 2020
There's much to enjoy in Wu's second film as director (and her first in 16 years!)...
May 8, 2020
The Half of It guides the gaze from the outside to the inside. From the platform to the compartment. From the lovers to their longing...
May 8, 2020
These flaws aren't fatal, because the movie has banked enough goodwill by this point to see it through some rough patches. But they do leave their mark, turning what looked like the next great coming-of-age classic into a pretty good distraction.
May 8, 2020
Its leads are appealing and it is literary in a charming way, although at moments it seems a bit self-conscious.
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